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The city of Phoenix has passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to loiter or panhandle in the median on Phoenix streets.
A family of four entered a local shelter with tattered clothes and tired eyes, carrying three old garbage bags holding their only belongings. A wave of relief washed over the family as they cautiously walked into the shelter, greeted by barking dogs, a clean playground and an onslaught of accommodating volunteers.
Buddy the dog hasn’t had many lucky breaks his life, but he hit his luckiest break yet when he met Ahwatukee Foothills resident Megan Hansen.
Southwest Behavioral Health Service's Homeless Outreach, a nonprofit program to help homeless individuals with mental illness, is requesting donations of hot weather supplies.
Phoenix is sending out a call for water.
Danny Brewer is a young man who has an old musical soul.
Within our East Valley is a microcosm of a healthy community, a stronger nation. It’s an ageless pattern offering solutions to our national fiscal crisis, our narcissistic living and our growing proclivity for surrendering freedoms.
As of Thursday, all previously identified chronically homeless veterans are under a roof, Mayor Greg Stanton, the City Council and Project H3 Vets announced.
The city of Phoenix is calling for the public’s help to keep the homeless in Phoenix warm this winter.
After an extensive national search, Sojourner Center’s Board of Directors announced Dr. María Garay is the new executive director. Garay comes to Phoenix from Los Angeles, and is a 20-year veteran of the nonprofit sector.
The unnamed woman with the weathered face stands on the corner of the street with her cardboard sign. The sign, like so many others around town reads, “Homeless and hungry. Anything helps. God bless.” Short and to the point the staccato sentences lay out the problem, tell us we have no excuse for not sharing something, and digs into our deepest held values. She doesn’t smile, but periodically salutes the oncoming traffic in a confident parody of Nixon’s classic V sign for victory, and of course, peace. Her gaze is largely fixed on the distance, as if mesmerized by the strip of shimmering pavement, interspersed by the bright shots of color as the vehicles flow by. Discretely hidden somewhere close by is her bicycle, and a few bags with her belongings. She’s not alone. Across the street is the man in whose company she’s often seen riding. They seem to trade off on corners, begging for relief, and preaching the gospel in silence.
The Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), a nonprofit construction trade association, created a “Back To School Drive” this year to donate backpacks and school supplies to the Children’s First Academies in Tempe and Phoenix. One-hundred percent of the students and their families are at the poverty line and 68 percent of the students are homeless. There are approximately 300 students, grades K-9, being educated at the Phoenix campus and a little over 200 students, grades K-8, being educated at the Tempe campus.
The Valley of the Sun United Way is expecting at least 500 homeless guests to find aid and assistance at its Project Connect event this Thursday, July 18, and is hoping its own volunteers will find a home as well: in the hearts of the guests they aid.
Bethany Christian School (BCS) in Tempe, students and families participated in an Outreach Project to help and support homeless children from Children’s First Academy.
The Heady Hoop Tribe, an eclectic group of four women who aim to inspire others through the creative power of modern hoop dance, bring a sense of community to Phoenix.
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joined local leaders, veterans administration officials and volunteer organizations at the opening of a transitional facility for homeless women veterans on Monday.
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development has received a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to continue meeting its mission serving youth who may be homeless or at-risk of homelessness, abuse or neglect.
Requests for emergency food assistance in Phoenix increased by 5 percent over the past year, according to the 2012 U.S. Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness survey. These numbers are expected to increase this year, despite Congress considering cuts to programs like SNAP (Food Stamps) that benefit these low-income families.
When nighttime temperatures drop and days cool down, many of the community’s homeless end up on the streets without blankets, clothing and other necessities to keep them warm.
Concerning homelessness, I have a suggestion for both Mayor Greg Stanton and his new policy adviser, Jodi Liggett (“Policy adviser on homelessness added to Mayor’s Office,” AFN, Aug. 5). Some months ago I read that a city in Texas (I’m sorry I cannot remember which one) bought one-way tickets to San Francisco and put the homeless on a bus.
Homelessness is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. I grew up in a family in which giving back and helping those in need were top priorities. I am committed to ending homelessness in Phoenix, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because our city will be better for it. I recently welcomed a senior policy adviser on homelessness to my team. Jodi Beckley Liggett has a big job ahead of her, because homelessness affects every corner of our city.
Phoenix officials have called for the private and public sector to join the outreach efforts of the annual Heat Relief Network to ensure the safety of homeless, seniors, disabled and others in need during the hot summer months.
As American flags are removed from the graves of military veterans and fallen heroes in the weeks following Memorial Day, a set of keys was handed this week to an organization that helps veterans who are down on their luck.
Southwest Behavioral Health Service’s Homeless Outreach, a nonprofit program to help homeless individuals with mental illness, is requesting donations of hot weather supplies that will be given out to homeless living on the streets.