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Wed. January 8, 2020 9:00-10:30am
Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health
4041 N. Central Ave. 14th Floor Cholla Room
 

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Happy Holidays, Friends! Thanks for another year of helping to
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We hope you continue to engage with our content in 2020!

December 2019 Newsletter


Affordable Housing - Becoming a Bigger Issue 


If we do nothing, Phoenix could become the next Los Angeles -
for homelessness
 
In a new opinion piece from the CEOs of Vitalyst Health Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation, Suzanne Pfister and Steve Seleznow, we learned that Arizona has an affordable housing problem that could lead to a homeless crisis. The state has the third-most severe affordable housing shortage in the United States.
 
A person waits in line for a shower at the Human Services Campus in Phoenix on Aug. 17, 2019.
(Photo: Johanna Huckeba/The Republic)

FACTS: Nearly half of Phoenix renters spend more than 30% of their income on housing. In Flagstaff, home of the highest average rents in the state, it takes an hourly wage of $23.79 to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Even with these figures, 90% of apartment construction consists of luxury apartments.

WHAT TO DO: The article discusses the great work that local organizations are doing to prevent the crisis from getting worse but also says that state government needs to step up and make the promise to return The State Housing Trust Fund to $40 million per year and to follow the lead of other states that have created state low-income housing tax credits to build more affordable rental units. If we don't get ahead of the issue, they say, we may join West-coast cities facing homelessness crises like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego. 

National Attention on Phoenix's Fast-Rising Rents

Yesterday, news outlets across the US, including The New York Times, picked up an article by the Associated Press entitled:  Phoenix Grapples With Some of Nation's Fastest-Rising Rents.  Despite a long time reputation of being an inexpensive place to live, even middle class families are struggling to keep up with rapidly rising rents in the Phoenix area. Rents jumped as much as 7%, just from 2018-2019. Only in Miami did analysts see a larger jump.


 
Importantly, these rents are outpacing salaries and wages. The imbalance leads to increased evictions, which combined with poor tenant protections in the state, result in increased pressure on affordable housing developers who are wanting to build more units to keep up with demand, but lack the financial resources to do so. AALC will be keeping an eye on how the legislature responds to these issues in the 2020 session.
 
New Affordable Housing Community
Riverline at Eastline Village - Tempe


 
Especially in the midst of this affordable housing crisis, we want to congratulate Gorman & Company and the Housing Authority of Maricopa County for building their newest affordable housing community, River at Eastline Village at 2106 E. Apache Boulevard in Tempe. Fifty-six families now call Tempe’s newest transit-oriented development home. For more information, click here. We hope to see more communities like this across AZ! 
Resource for Action - Affordable Housing & Health
City Roles and Strategies for Progress

 
Want to get ahead of the issue locally? This engaging report from the National League of Cities presents 4 steps that local government can take to solve the affordable-and-healthy housing shortfall.


What to do: 1) Develop dedicated affordable healthy housing units, 2) Preserve and improve affordable housing stock, 3) Help families access healthy homes and 4) Protect against displacement and Improve housing quality.
 

Conference - Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit in Phoenix

 

Each year, 425+ urban practitioners convene at the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit to showcase recent successes and to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the future of smart and sustainable cities. What sets this event apart from others is the inimitable list of speakers and attendees — city leaders, innovators, providers, and practitioners from across sectors and silos who meet at this unique event to share best practices, lessons learned, and new solutions for a sustainable urban future.
 

February 19-21, 2020
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Click here for more info

 
Webinar - Not Just Big Cities:
Vision Zero in Smaller & Suburban Communities



If you think Vision Zero is only for big, urban communities, think again. In fact, it has its roots in smaller, more rural areas. This one-hour webinar, hosted by Vision Zero Network, will focus on experiences and recommendations from mid-sized suburban communities in the U.S. leading the way on getting to zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Lean more and register here.
Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
Noon - 1:00pm AZ Time
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