social services scottsdale

Scottsdale Works, which provides employment to homeless individuals in the city’s Brick-by-Brick program, is one of dozens of social services funded by over $2 million in grant awards approved by Council this year.

In recent months, Scottsdale City Council has approved the disbursement of over $2 million to local social services organizations and resident programs.

That included $160,000 that came directly from the city’s residents through Scottsdale Cares, a program created in 1995 that allows residents to add an extra $1 per month to their utility bill to support human services programs.

On June 22, Council approved the use of that money to fund awards to 14 valley organizations that provide services in the community.

That included $24,000 each to Phoenix Rescue Mission and Community Bridges as well as Tempe Community Action Agency, which provides a food pantry, emergency rent and utility assistance and other services.

The city has partnered with Community Bridges and Phoenix Rescue mission to use federal pandemic relief funds for services and housing to people experiencing homeless.

According to the city, the new allocations will continue one of those programs called Scottsdale Works.

The program, a partnership with Phoenix Rescue Mission, pays five participants minimum wage for five hours of work three days each week to work with the city’s Brick-by-Brick program, which produces earthen bricks that can later be used to construct city projects or housing for the homeless.

Other recipients of funds this year included Scottsdale Community Partners, which received $22,500 award.

The local nonprofit helps provide a number of different programs out of the city’s Vista Del Camino Community Center, including food programs for families and seniors, back-to-school drives for students and emergency utility and housing assistance.

Family Promise of Greater Phoenix and Save the Family Foundation, which both provide services for families experiencing homelessness, received $15,500 and $10,000, respectively.

Scottsdale also awarded $5,000 grants to Best Buddies; Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Arizona; Cortney’s Place; Free Arts for Abused Children; Health World Education; Homeward Bound; notMykid; and Valley of the Sun YMCA.

During the same vote on June 22, the Council also approved seven additional awards funded by $100,000 from grants generated through gaming on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Under Arizona law, tribes are required to share 12 percent of their gaming revenue to provide for government services.

The grants funded an $18,500 award to Duet Partners in Aging and Health.

It also provided $18,000 grants to Family Promise and A New Leaf, the Mesa-based non-profit that provides a range of services and resources for individuals in need.

Other entities receiving gaming grants included Community Legal Services, $15,000; Catholic Charities, $15,000; UMOM New Day Centers, $8,000; and Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, $7,500.

Earlier this year, the City Council approved the use of nearly $1.7 million in federal grant funding to assist low income residents and those in need of housing options.

That included $1.3 million Community Development Block Grants and $344,448 in HOME grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city will use $786,000 of that money to fund programs that aid residents in need of housing rehabilitation, home repair and roof replacement.

About $190,000 of the CDBG grant money will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Chicanos Por La Causa, Chrysalis Shelter of Victims of Domestic Violence and seven other local organizations to provide services to the homeless, at-risk youth, and other communities in need.

Another $81,376 will fund the community assistance office at Apache Park that helps administer grant funding to local communities.

The bulk of the HOME grants will go to the Affordable Rental Movement of Save the Family, which places working poor families and individuals in affordable housing and offers support services to help increase their self sufficiency.