Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is a longtime advocate for people experiencing homelessness. UMOM was honored when the Mayor joined us back in March for the opening of 19West, our newest affordable housing complex.
We’re especially grateful to Mayor Gallego for making homelessness and affordable housing a point of focus in her first State of the City address.
The Mayor discussed her commitment to reduce evictions, increase the stock of affordable housing and create a new position in city government that will oversee efforts to make workforce housing available throughout Phoenix. She said:
“Low wage earners maintain a fragile balance in their lives. Any single unexpected expense can send the entire household into crisis, and possibly, onto the streets. The city understands this and has worked on driving more resources to areas such as eviction assistance…. We all know the easiest way to reduce homelessness is to stop it before it starts and programs like this work to keep people in their homes.”
Mayor Gallego added:
“The city can still do more. And we will. Throughout my campaign, I spoke about leveraging the city’s considerable assets to do more to bolster our housing stock. We are researching innovative areas such as opportunity zones and looking at the lands owned by various city departments, such as the airport, to determine if they are ripe for housing development. We are creating a new position to bring the city’s many resources under one banner and to connect the city with other levels of government to create more housing.”
Thank you, Mayor! We at UMOM look forward to working in partnership with you to help families and individuals emerge from homelessness and become an even stronger part of our community.
Please click here to read the Mayor’s full State of the City remarks.
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