Daily Archives: September 20, 2008

Phoenix Mayor’s 2008 State of Downtown address set for Oct. 16

Phoenix Mayor Gordon’s 5th annual State of Downtown address will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the new Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 340 N. 3rd St.  A reception will begin at 5 p.m. and speech at 6:30 p.m.   Valet parking available.  RSVP by October 10 to the Downtown Phoenix Partnership at 602-744-6401 or e-mail.

ASU report highlights human services needs for metro Phoenix

Cover of Greater Phoenix Forward report[Source: Arizona State University] — Maricopa County has experienced remarkable population growth for decades, and will continue to do so.  But while expanding metro areas tend to pay close attention to physical infrastructure — diligently budgeting for roads, sewers, schools, and the like — there is often a relative lack of attention to meeting the future demands for human services.

Greater Phoenix Forward, a new report by Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, aims to help fill that gap.  It offers community and policy leaders and human services practitioners the latest data and new perspectives for understanding the Valley’s human services infrastructure and a “big picture” of future needs.  “The number of Greater Phoenix residents who will need various human services is very likely to grow faster than the workforce and fiscal resources — and maybe the political will — needed to serve them,” said Debra Friedman, University Vice President and Dean of the College of Public Programs.

Part one of a three-phase project, Greater Phoenix Forward seeks to help guide public policy decisions based on sound research, objective analyses, and public discourse.  It contains:

  • Data describing human services structures and functions in Maricopa County
  • Trends for the populations who provide and use these services
  • Analyses of how to sustain the present level and quality of human services
  • A glimpse of how current service trends could play out by 2012
  • A presentation of critical policy challenges for the future

Phase two will include discussions between authors of the report and Arizona policy makers, executives of human services-providing organizations, leading human services practitioners, and community leaders.  In the third phase, the authors and College administrators will become resources to public, nonprofit, and private sector leaders as they shape and implement plans and investments to address the challenges that lie ahead.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.}

Metro Phoenix homeless population growing

[Source: Dennis Lambert, KTAR Radio] — The Valley’s homeless population is growing.  Mark Holleran of Central Arizona Shelter Services said the population at the shelter in downtown Phoenix has jumped from about 550 a night to more than 1,000 over the last three years.   “Our numbers have grown probably 10 percent in the last year alone,” Holleran said.  “We think absolutely that it’s economy driven.

“The real problem I have right now is not serving people when they come in, but figuring out where they’re going to go to.  My job is to move them through the shelter system as quickly as possible.”  Eight percent of those seeking services are single adults, many of whom have addiction and correction issues, Holleran said.  CASS turns away homeless families every day because there’s simply not enough room.