"The city of Phoenix has invested significant resources toward addressing homelessness and this year’s proposed budget reflects those priorities. More than $4 million is allocated toward outreach, engagement, emergency shelter, move-in deposits, housing stabilization and other support services. This year’s proposed budget expands on our previous commitments to address homelessness by funding additional ‘Phoenix C.A.R.E.S.’ outreach teams who lead with services and direct our homeless population to vital services. I am proud of the multi-pronged approach the city has undertaken to address a complicated issue facing our city.
While I am proud of the services we fund, our neighborhoods continue to be impacted by homelessness. In my talks with residents and business owners, the city has fallen short in its obligation to keep city streets, alleys, washes, and drainages clear from litter, debris, and waste left behind by homeless encampments. In response, I asked for this year’s proposed city budget to include funds dedicated to addressing these impacts on neighborhoods. At today’s Sustainability, Housing, Efficiency, and Neighborhoods (SHEN) City Council Subcommittee, city staff presented a plan to dedicate funds to triple the number of encampment clean-ups. This plan is a step toward honoring our commitment to neighborhoods across the city and complements our existing efforts to lead with services and get our homeless population connected with critical services to get back on their feet."