2016 CDF Awards

City of Phoenix, Neighborhood Services Department
Economic/Community Development. The City of Phoenix Housing Department applied for a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant in February 2016 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 Planning program is a $500,000 grant which entails a dollar for dollar matching requirement.  The Housing Department actively pursued commitments from other city departments and local community development organizations to fulfill this matching requirement.  Funding was awarded and earmarked toward the matching grant requirements.

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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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Arizona Theatre Company
Education. Funding will support the Teen Critic Project – a unique opportunity for high school students to have an in-depth theatrical learning experience by attending and reviewing live, professional theatre productions.  The project is an expansion of ATC’s Student Matinee Series.  The Teen Critic Project allows ATC to expand their academic focus for those students who have participated in the Student Matinee Series, resulting in increasing oral reading fluency, comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary and cultural literacy. High school students enrolled in English Language Arts, Journalism and Theatre Arts classes in the Phoenix Union High School District will be offered the opportunity to participate reaching a minimum of 1,500 students during the 2016-2017 academic school year.

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one.n.Ten, Inc.

Economic/Community Development. one•n•ten will design and build 50-60 units of supportive housing for LGBT and allied homeless youth.  Funding of the supportive housing project will include increased confidence and resilience of the youth so they can successfully gain steady employment, stabilize mental health issues, overcome substance abuse issues, and further develop their professional skills and knowledge.  LGBT youth comprise 8% of all youth, yet they make up an astounding 40% of homeless youth, with 68% citing family rejection as the cause.

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Experience Matters
Education. Experience Matters in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Arizona School Counselors Association and other stakeholders in the Arizona Career Leadership Network, will recruit, train and deploy approximately 50 volunteers who will mentor high school students in STEM and ECAP (Education and Career Action Plans).  Funding will support Volunteers in Preparing Students for Success, an academic, school-based project with a September 2016 start date.  Mentors will meet weekly with 6-7 students, providing students with one hour of individual assistance developing and implementing their CCR-ECAP (College and Career Readiness – Education and Career Action Plans) Program and receive customized STEM tutoring and STEM career mentoring.

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Isaac School District
Education and Health Innovation. Funding will provide support for the Isaac School District in developing a Family Resource Center that will serve as a trusted “community health hub” for families of the Isaac community.  The FRC will be developed to support children and families by providing access to information and education addressing a variety of social determinants, and by bringing together services and activities that educate, develop skills and promote stability within families.  The long-term vision is to expand the FRC services to include primary medical care, dental and behavioral health services to create wrap-around support that will holistically address needs, keeping the educational success of children as a focus.

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Live and Learn Program
Economic/Community Development. Live and Learn has been helping under-served Phoenix residents break the cycle of generational poverty since 2012.  Funding will assist LLP in enrolling 60 clients in their 2016-17 Child Development Associate (CDS) Career Training Program.  Candidates undertake a 10-month Child Development Associate (CDA) certification course run by their training partner, Southwest Human Development (SWHD).  Candidates are chosen from a pool of Head Start/Early Head Start parents and Balsz District community members.  The 10-month Child Development Associate Cohort training course held at Educare Arizona, is comprised of 600 hours of instruction and an internship.  Graduates earn a nationally-recognized credential and 100% are employed as salaried Preschool Aides receiving benefits, and access to tuition reimbursement to pursue a college education.

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Mission of Mercy
Health Innovation. Funding will provide primary medical care to Maricopa County children and families at MOM’s clinics operating out of the Murphy School District, Black Family and Child Services and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church sites in Central and South Phoenix.  Approximately 300 patients will be served.  Patients will receive primary medical care, target care and supportive services to increase health literacy and improve long-term health outcomes, additionally, referrals will be made to social service providers who offer free or reduced-cost services.

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Pendergast Elementary School District
Education. Pendergast Elementary School District will engage their students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) through their K-5 science launch.  Their program for kindergarten through fifth grade will help students become problem solvers.  Funding will be used to purchase the necessary Project Lead the Way curricular materials and fund teacher training.  Currently they have a gap in materials and professional development in STEAM instruction.  This funding will enable Pendergast to create the learning environment students need to meet their aspirations.

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Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Health Innovation. The Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS administers thousands of free tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs) each year. Testing and linkage to care play a critical role in preventing further disease transmission.  Unlike many states, Arizona does not fund HIV testing.  Demand for testing is increasing in part because of the success of their peer-driven Ignite Your Status outreach program.  Funding will cover the salaries and testing program supplies for more than 5,000 HIV tests, 3,800 tests for syphilis and 4,000 test for other STDs.  Participants will receive education about safer sex, risky behaviors and ways to reduce risk.

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Teach for America – Phoenix
Education. Funding will assist TFA in continuing to build their leadership pipeline by recruiting, training, and supporting first- and second-year teachers.  TFA will accelerate alumni leadership by increasing resources available to their alumni base, including more networking opportunities, greater access to policy/advocacy fellowships, customized professional development offerings, and opportunities to leverage partnerships to ignite significant change.  TFA will support 120 first- and second-year teachers in approximately 40 Title 1 schools and 120 classrooms in the Phoenix metro area, while continuing to provide a network of collaboration and support for their 274+ alumni teachers.

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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona
Health Innovation. UCP has a goal to build a new comprehensive Feeding Therapy Program to meet the growing need for this type of therapy in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  Currently families can wait up to one year for an for this therapy.  Funding will assist VCP in serving children with a wide variety of feeding issues, such as reduced or limited intake, food refusal, food selectivity, difficulty swallowing, oral motor difficulties, delayed feeding development, food or swallowing phobias, and mealtime tantrums.  UCP’s goal is to intervene before the child and family are in a crisis situation and then a feeding tube needs to be placed.  UCP has a goal of growing to 30 new children by the end of its first year – June 2017.

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Washington Elementary School District
Education. WESD seeks to increase access to high quality STEM initiatives for their students.  WESD’s Makerspace will provide flexible, large work areas and a diverse array of tools and materials that involve, arts, crafts, engineering and technology.  Students will have opportunities to work in these exciting labs through a rotating schedule during the school day, after school during WESD’s Academy programs and in the evenings through family and community events.  Funding for this project will help leverage funds and resources to transform an existing classroom into an innovative Makerspace for students, teachers and families to create and expand their imaginations through active learning.

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Si Se Puede Foundation
Education. Funding will support Si Se Puede’s STEM/Robotics program in the Murphy Elementary School District.  The Lego/Robotics program exposes students to the discovery and hands-on study of STEM.  Students will learn to construct and program Lego robots from volunteer engineers and are then able to compete in a Lego League competition.

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College Success Arizona
Education. Funding will support Phoenix Union High School District’s mission to prepare students for college, career and life.  The goal of the Phoenix Union Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is to increase the completion rate to 50% for the 2017 graduating class.  PUHSD’s FAFSA completion rate is an important component to the post-secondary completion rate for the Phoenix economy.

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Helping Phoenix Neighborhoods
Economic/Community Development.  Helping Phoenix Neighborhoods is dedicated to enhancing programs and services provided by the City of Phoenix, Neighborhood Services Department to support community revitalization, rehabilitation and maintenance throughout Greater Phoenix.  The Neighborhood Leadership Studio program is an existing program that is part of the Neighborhood College curriculum designed to increase civic engagement through hands on workshops that give residents the opportunity to learn about City programs and resources that will benefit their community.  Funding will assist in providing additional resources to neighborhoods groups who complete the 10 hours of core classroom instruction, hands-on training workshops, complete two elective workshops from the Neighborhood College curriculum, complete an Action Plan and community enhancing project.

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