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Phoenix to begin moving at-risk residents into hotels, city council says

The announcement comes as the largest Community Block Development Grant investment towards combating homelessness in Phoenix's history was passed.
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Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego takes questions from the news media at City Hall after announcing plans Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Phoenix, to seek a more regional response to the intertwined problems of homelessness and lack of affordable housing. Gallego said more money and longer term solutions are needed to tackle what she said is "a crisis situation." City Councilwoman Debra Stark stands at the mayor's right, with city staff on left. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

PHOENIX — Phoenix's most vulnerable and at-risk residents will be moved into hotel rooms in the near future, according to a decision made by Phoenix's City Council.

The city unanimously approved the allocation of $18 million towards supporting vulnerable populations in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday. The vote represents "the largest Community Block Development Grant investment toward combatting homelessness in the city’s history," Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release.

The funding will majorly be used to combating homelessness, addressing housing insecurity, and providing micro-loans and grants for local small businesses and non-profits.

All $18 million of the funds will be coming from federal COVID-19 funding. 

"This is an opportunity to make real gains in fighting homelessness and emerge a stronger, more resilient, and compassionate community," Mayor Gallego said.

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