CDF Awards Fiscal Year 2016

To date in FY 2015-2016, the Phoenix IDA has awarded a total of $400,000 to support Education, Economic/Community Development, Health Innovations and Affordable Housing. Following are the award recipients.

Friendly House, Academia del Pueblo
Education.  Funding will be used to upgrade servers and school technology that complement resources provided by the federal FCC E-rate program and Apple Corporation. These resources will enable ADP to provide a robust digital learning environment and superior STE(A)M programs to its K-8 grade students.

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Phoenix Day
Education.  Funds will be used to support the professional development of 26 early childhood education teachers, the Center Manager and the Education Director through training, coaching and cognitive development, the three key variables associated with school readiness.

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Neighborhood Ministries
Economic/Community Development.  
Funds provided will promote financial self-sufficiency among low-income residents of inner-city Phoenix by supporting the 2015-16 year of Neighbors at Work and cover paid work experience for program participants, as well as staff salaries, office supplies, office space rental and travel.  Neighbors at Work is a long-standing workforce development program that promotes financial stability and self-sufficiency by helping low-income residents of inner-city Phoenix obtain and maintain employment that provides a livable wage.  The program provides case management, occupational skills training, work readiness classes, internship/job placement, leadership development, financial literacy services and basic needs assistance.

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Asian Pacific Community in Action
Economic/Community Development.  Bridging Cultures Arizona, a program of Asian Pacific Community in Action, will provide full scholarships to the Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare Interpreter Training.  Breaking Boundaries will also offer ongoing professional development to immigrant and refugee community members and assisting them in establishing micro-enterprises in providing professional interpretation in medical settings.  Funding will be used to provide full tuition, class materials (including textbooks), language coaching and testing to 40 unemployed or low-come adults, attending the Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare medical interpretation course.

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Circle the City
Heath Innovations.  Funds will be used to deliver critical medical and behavioral health services to medically vulnerable men and women experiencing homelessness via Circle the City’s 50-bed medical respite shelter, the only one of its kind in Arizona.  CTC expects to care for more than 350 patients in the current fiscal year. It is expected that approximately 125 of these individuals will be uninsured or underinsured.  The average length of engagement of each of these persons is approximately 45 days, yielding more than 5,500 inpatient days of medical care.

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ASU – College of Nursing & Health Innovation 
Heath Innovations.  Funding will provide wages and benefits for a full-time administrative assistant to oversee the administrative functions of SHOW (Student Health Outreach for Wellness) for a funding period of one year.  A collaboration amongst Arizona’s three public universities: ASU, NAU, and UofA College of Medicine-Phoenix, SHOW is a new student-run free clinic and health outreach organization.  Students from these institutions work together, under faculty supervision, to deliver comprehensive and patient-centered health care services to the homeless.  Medical students and faculty from disciplines including nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, audiology, and social work programs in a team-based care model work to address the complex needs of this patient population.

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Phoenix Choice Neighborhoods, City of Phoenix 
Economic/Community Development - Neighborhood Revitalization.  Funding will provide matching funds for the City of Phoenix Housing Department’s application for a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant to provide funding to plan the comprehensive transformation of 577 units of aged, obsolete public housing and the surrounding neighborhood in the Edison-Eastlake Choice Neighborhoods Community target area.  The Choice Neighborhoods program is a grant from HUD to transform distressed neighborhoods with public housing into revitalized neighborhoods linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, amenities, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs.

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Valley of the Sun United Way 
Affordable Housing - Temporary Overflow Shelter at Human Services Campus.  In 2015, the Funders Collaborative (City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Department of Housing, and Valley of the Sun United Way) supported a temporary overflow shelter operated by Lodestar Day Resource Center with the support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on the Human Services Campus in place of the former Men's Overflow Shelter and adjacent parking lot. Funding for the temporary overflow shelter operations has been provided by the Arizona Department of Housing and Maricopa County Human Services Department; however, funds have been depleted.  Funding will provide a "bridge" through the end of June 2016 to meet the overflow needs of the shelter.

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Work Progress Administration (WPA)Building Rehabilitation
Economic/Community Development.  The WPA Building is an architectural and historical icon. Since July 2014, the preservation community has worked to save the WPA Building (also known as the Civic Building or Floriculture Building), which was built in 1938.  The Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board planned to demolish the building in July 2014 to pave the area for vendor space.  After hearing from the historic preservation community, the Maricopa County Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order against demolition and the Historic Preservation Commission initiated historic designation.  Together with City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Bond funds, funding has been awarded to rehabilitate and preserve this iconic building for future generations to visit and enjoy.

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For more information, please contact Lydia Lee at (602) 534-9655 or llee@phoenixida.com.