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The End of Chronic Homelessness

July 11, 2014 No Comments 0

In January, Mayor Greg Stanton shared his Year in Review, summarizing major accomplishments in the city during 2013. Perhaps most notable was the December news that Phoenix had become the first city to end chronic homelessness among veterans: When Stanton took office, he pledged to unite the city to tackle homelessness – and today, Phoenix is the first U.S. city to end chronic homelessness among veterans. The feat wasn’t easy – and it took a wide coalition of non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, business leaders and government agencies. But those who wore our nation’s uniform – who spent an average of eight years living on the streets – now have a more secure and stable life with access to the resources they need to stay healthy. Phoenix’s work to honor our veterans doesn’t stop at housing – the city is leading the way to help veterans who need a job find one. For more than a year, Stanton has worked with businesses and community partners to find jobs for unemployed veterans through the Hire, Educate, Recruit and Organize (H.E.R.O.) Initiative. H.E.R.O. is much more than a job fair – it’s a comprehensive event that prepares veterans as they transition to civilian work, matches them with ideal employers, and helps with applications and interview skills. Ensuring that Phoenix’s veterans are employed isn’t just the right thing to do – it also strengthens our economy. At Flourish Phoenix, we want to celebrate what has been accomplished through the collaboration of a range of institutions and service providers to end chronic homelessness among veterans. We also want to deal honestly with the fact that an estimated xx men, women, and children remain homeless in Phoenix and throughout the Valley, and consider what it might take to end chronic homelessness for all. If you or someone you know has...

In January, Mayor Greg Stanton shared his Year in Review, summarizing major accomplishments in the city during 2013. Perhaps most notable was the December news that Phoenix had become the first city to end chronic homelessness among veterans: When Stanton took office, he pledged to unite the city to tackle homelessness – and today, Phoenix is the first U.S. city to end chronic homelessness among veterans. The feat wasn’t easy – and it took a wide coalition of non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, business leaders and government agencies. But those who wore our nation’s uniform – who spent an average of eight years living on the streets – now have a more secure and stable life with access to the resources they need to stay healthy. Phoenix’s work to honor our veterans doesn’t stop at housing – the city is leading the way to help veterans who need a job find one. For more than a year, Stanton has worked with businesses and community partners to find jobs for unemployed veterans through the Hire, Educate, Recruit and Organize (H.E.R.O.) Initiative. H.E.R.O. is much more than a job fair – it’s a comprehensive event that prepares veterans as they transition to civilian work, matches...

In January, Mayor Greg Stanton shared his Year in Review, summarizing major accomplishments in the city during 2013. Perhaps most notable was the December news that Phoenix had become the first city to end chronic homelessness among veterans: When Stanton took office, he pledged to unite the city to tackle homelessness – and today, Phoenix is the first U.S. city to end chronic homelessness among veterans. The feat wasn’t easy – and it took a wide coalition of non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, business leaders and government agencies. But those who wore our nation’s uniform – who spent an average of eight...

In January, Mayor Greg Stanton shared his Year in Review, summarizing major accomplishments in the city during 2013. Perhaps most notable was the December news that Phoenix had become the first city to end chronic homelessness among veterans: When Stanton took office, he pledged to unite the city to tackle homelessness...

In January, Mayor Greg Stanton shared his Year in Review, summarizing major accomplishments in the city during 2013. Perhaps most notable was the December news...

In January, Mayor Greg Stanton shared his Year in Review, summarizing major accomplishments in the city during 2013. Perhaps most notable was the December news that Phoenix had become the first city to end chronic homelessness among veterans: When Stanton took office, he pledged to unite the city to tackle homelessness – and today, Phoenix is the first U.S. city to end chronic homelessness among veterans. The feat wasn’t easy – and it took a wide coalition of non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, business leaders and government agencies. But those who wore our nation’s uniform – who spent an average of eight...

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A Story of Comebacks

July 10, 2014 No Comments 1

Mario Polèse, author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities...

Mario Polèse, author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities...

Mario Polèse, author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities...

Mario Polèse, author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities...

Mario Polèse, author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities...

Mario Polèse, author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities...

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Staying Put

July 9, 2014 No Comments 1

As some of you may know, Phoenix is considered one of the most transient cities in the country. This pattern of constant comings and goings inevitably gives shape to our neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and churches, for better or worse. On the one hand, transient cities benefit from new ideas and ventures. At the same time, relationships often suffer as a result, and loyalties can run thin. For many years Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, has been making a theological case for Christians to move into cities and to stay there. Though many Christians have tended to view cities as havens of moral evil and social ills, he argues that our impulse shouldn’t simply be to flee to “greener pastures.” In his short e-book Why God Made Cities (available for free here), Keller reflects on the well-known words of the biblical prophet Jeremiah to the Israelites who were living as exiles in Babylon. Keller writes: What does he say to them? He says, “Identify with the prosperity of that city.” He does not say, “Go into the streets and preach to the city. Hand out tracts in the city. Then, get out.” He says, “Settle down. Build houses. Have children. Identify with the city. Identify with the people of the city, with the well-being of the city. Weave yourselves into the city in a way that weaves wholeness and health into the city. He continues: If you are in a city or a community that is broken, where people are burned out or spiritually lost, where there is violence—stay as long as you can. Identify as much as you can. You have to work this out with your conscience, but Jeremiah 29 says don’t just have loving feelings. Don’t just preach. Identify. Serve. Pray for the peace of the city. At Flourish...

As some of you may know, Phoenix is considered one of the most transient cities in the country. This pattern of constant comings and goings inevitably gives shape to our neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and churches, for better or worse. On the one hand, transient cities benefit from new ideas and ventures. At the same time, relationships often suffer as a result, and loyalties can run thin. For many years Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, has been making a theological case for Christians to move into cities and to stay there. Though many Christians have tended to view cities as havens of moral evil and social ills, he argues that our impulse shouldn’t simply be to flee to “greener pastures.” In his short e-book Why God Made Cities (available for free here), Keller reflects on the well-known words of the biblical prophet Jeremiah to the Israelites who were living as exiles in Babylon. Keller writes: What does he say to them? He says, “Identify with the prosperity of that city.” He does not say, “Go into the streets and preach to the city. Hand out tracts in the city. Then, get out.” He says, “Settle down. Build houses. Have...

As some of you may know, Phoenix is considered one of the most transient cities in the country. This pattern of constant comings and goings inevitably gives shape to our neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and churches, for better or worse. On the one hand, transient cities benefit from new ideas and ventures. At the same time, relationships often suffer as a result, and loyalties can run thin. For many years Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, has been making a theological case for Christians to move into cities and to stay there. Though many Christians have tended...

As some of you may know, Phoenix is considered one of the most transient cities in the country. This pattern of constant comings and goings inevitably gives shape to our neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and churches, for better or worse. On the one hand, transient cities benefit from new ideas and ventures....

As some of you may know, Phoenix is considered one of the most transient cities in the country. This pattern of constant comings and goings inevitably...

As some of you may know, Phoenix is considered one of the most transient cities in the country. This pattern of constant comings and goings inevitably gives shape to our neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and churches, for better or worse. On the one hand, transient cities benefit from new ideas and ventures. At the same time, relationships often suffer as a result, and loyalties can run thin. For many years Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, has been making a theological case for Christians to move into cities and to stay there. Though many Christians have tended...

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Making Old Things New

July 8, 2014 No Comments 0

Amy Wang of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com writes about adaptive-reuse projects throughout Phoenix: Drive the streets of downtown and central Phoenix and you may do several double takes: What appears to be a church is actually a taco restaurant. A former pie factory now houses numerous small businesses. And upon closer inspection, an old brick pool house is a walk-up coffee bar. Phoenix established its adaptive reuse program in 2008 to help streamline the process of renovating existing buildings for new business uses. Since then, more than 100 successful adaptive-reuse projects have sprung up across the city. There are some restrictions: A former schoolhouse couldn't be renovated to become, say, an adults-only book store. However, officials say by and large the program has inspired creative transformations and helped preserve Phoenix's history, one structure at a time. You can read the rest of the article and check out a related photo essay of before and after pictures...

Amy Wang of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com writes about adaptive-reuse projects throughout Phoenix: Drive the streets of downtown and central Phoenix and you may do several double takes: What appears to be a church is actually a taco restaurant. A former pie factory now houses numerous small businesses. And upon closer inspection, an old brick pool house is a walk-up coffee bar. Phoenix established its adaptive reuse program in 2008 to help streamline the process of renovating existing buildings for new business uses. Since then, more than 100 successful adaptive-reuse projects have sprung up across the city. There are some restrictions: A former schoolhouse couldn't be renovated to become, say, an adults-only book store. However, officials say by and large the program has inspired creative transformations and helped preserve Phoenix's history, one structure at a time. You can read the rest of the article and check out a related photo essay of before and after pictures...

Amy Wang of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com writes about adaptive-reuse projects throughout Phoenix: Drive the streets of downtown and central Phoenix and you may do several double takes: What appears to be a church is actually a taco restaurant. A former pie factory now houses numerous small businesses. And upon closer inspection, an old brick pool house is a walk-up coffee bar. Phoenix established its adaptive reuse program in 2008 to help streamline the process of renovating existing buildings for new business uses. Since then, more than 100 successful adaptive-reuse projects have sprung up across the city. There are some restrictions: A former...

Amy Wang of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com writes about adaptive-reuse projects throughout Phoenix: Drive the streets of downtown and central Phoenix and you may do several double takes: What appears to be a church is actually a taco restaurant. A former pie factory now houses numerous small businesses. And upon...

Amy Wang of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com writes about adaptive-reuse projects throughout Phoenix: Drive the streets of downtown and central Phoenix and you may do...

Amy Wang of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com writes about adaptive-reuse projects throughout Phoenix: Drive the streets of downtown and central Phoenix and you may do several double takes: What appears to be a church is actually a taco restaurant. A former pie factory now houses numerous small businesses. And upon closer inspection, an old brick pool house is a walk-up coffee bar. Phoenix established its adaptive reuse program in 2008 to help streamline the process of renovating existing buildings for new business uses. Since then, more than 100 successful adaptive-reuse projects have sprung up across the city. There are some restrictions: A former...

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Connecting the Dots

July 7, 2014 No Comments 2

In biological terms, symbiosis is “the living together of two dissimilar organisms” in a mutual, parasitical, or some other kind of relationship. In psychiatry, it signifies “a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.” More generally, symbiosis can be defined as “any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.” At Flourish Phoenix, we believe in engaging our city symbiotically. That is, we want to explore its interconnectedness. We want to pay attention to cause and effect, to this and to that. Why? Because we believe the flourishing of our city and our communities requires that we connect the dots. Over at The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture’s Common Place blog, Josh Yates asks, “What does it mean and take for a community and its residents to thrive?” This question—which he admits is a “morally and ethically freighted” one—lies at the heart of The Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative at the University of Virginia that aims to assess and define community thriving. One of the framing concepts behind the project is that in any community, a multitude of seemingly unrelated factors are working together at the same time: Take any one of the many problems that today beset our cities: it does not take intimate familiarity or expertise to determine that they cannot be understood, let alone addressed, in isolation from any number of other concerns or from the broader communal and institutional contexts in which they are situated. Whether one is concerned about crime, childhood obesity, economic development, environmental degradation, or affordable housing, it almost goes without saying that a host of external factors and forces shape them in consequential ways. This is obviously true—for better or for worse—and at Flourish Phoenix, we take this principle seriously....

In biological terms, symbiosis is “the living together of two dissimilar organisms” in a mutual, parasitical, or some other kind of relationship. In psychiatry, it signifies “a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.” More generally, symbiosis can be defined as “any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.” At Flourish Phoenix, we believe in engaging our city symbiotically. That is, we want to explore its interconnectedness. We want to pay attention to cause and effect, to this and to that. Why? Because we believe the flourishing of our city and our communities requires that we connect the dots. Over at The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture’s Common Place blog, Josh Yates asks, “What does it mean and take for a community and its residents to thrive?” This question—which he admits is a “morally and ethically freighted” one—lies at the heart of The Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative at the University of Virginia that aims to assess and define community thriving. One of the framing concepts behind the project is that in any community, a multitude of seemingly unrelated factors are working together at the...

In biological terms, symbiosis is “the living together of two dissimilar organisms” in a mutual, parasitical, or some other kind of relationship. In psychiatry, it signifies “a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.” More generally, symbiosis can be defined as “any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.” At Flourish Phoenix, we believe in engaging our city symbiotically. That is, we want to explore its interconnectedness. We want to pay attention to cause and effect, to this and to that. Why? Because we believe...

In biological terms, symbiosis is “the living together of two dissimilar organisms” in a mutual, parasitical, or some other kind of relationship. In psychiatry, it signifies “a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.” More generally, symbiosis...

In biological terms, symbiosis is “the living together of two dissimilar organisms” in a mutual, parasitical, or some other kind of relationship. In psychiatry, it signifies...

In biological terms, symbiosis is “the living together of two dissimilar organisms” in a mutual, parasitical, or some other kind of relationship. In psychiatry, it signifies “a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.” More generally, symbiosis can be defined as “any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.” At Flourish Phoenix, we believe in engaging our city symbiotically. That is, we want to explore its interconnectedness. We want to pay attention to cause and effect, to this and to that. Why? Because we believe...

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