What’s Happening?!

What’s Happening?!

Gratitude
What’s Next? Giving Thanks Zoom Town HallSaturday, November 20, 5-6 pm
with Rep Judy Schwiebert 
and Special Guest Phoenix Councilwoman Deb Stark
Please join me and my guest Phoenix Councilwoman Deb Stark for this special Giving Thanks Zoom Town Hall. Come learn about neighbors working to make our community a better, safer place for all of us – and how you can help, too. Register here and the link to join will be mailed to you. https://forms.gle/7iT6ivMc5umCip4W8
Join Our Re-Election Campaign for 2022Please sign my nominating petition online, donate and even volunteer.  You can do all three at my website JudyForAZ.com.

I hope you’ll join us next Sunday, Nov 14, 3-5:30 pm when volunteers will be inviting friendly neighbors to sign my nominating petition and to attend our Nov 20 Giving Thanks Virtual Town Hall. Get more details and sign up here to volunteer. 
Free COVID Vaccination Locations for Children Ages 5-11
 The long-awaited COVID vaccinations for children ages 5-11 are now available!  Vaccines are the most effective tool we have to keep COVID-19 from spreading –  and to keep our students in school. These vaccines are safe, effective and free. 

The Washington Elementary School District is partnering with the Maricopa County Dept of Public Health and Fry’s pharmacies to host two COVID-19 clinics for students ages 5-11. At Arroyo School, 4535 W Cholla St, Glendale: Wed, Nov 17, 3-7 pm (first dose)Wed, Dec 8, 3-7 pm  (second dose)At Mountain View School, 801 W. Peoria Ave, PhoenixThurs, Nov 18, 4-8 pmThurs, Dec 9, 4-8 pmThe Glendale Union High School District and Adelante HealthCare have also partnered to offer COVID pediatric vaccinations for ages 5-11 as well as Modern, Pfizer and J & J vaccines for adults onNovember 10, 3:30-7:30 pm at Cortez High School Cafeteria,  8828 N. 31st Ave, Phoenix. November 16, 3:30-7:30 pm at Washington High School, Cafeteria, 2217 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix.A Vaccine Events Calendar is also available at the Maricopa County website here.Pediatricians are of course also now scheduling appointments for COVID and other vaccines.   
COVID Transmission Updates
RedistrictingI urge you to comment on the recently released legislative and congressional maps developed by the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) and offered to the public here specifically for our comments.  Based on where I live, this map would put me in District 2. But this is not final by any means. 

Over the next 30 days, the IRC will hold public hearings throughout the state. I encourage you to sign up for a zoom training session to learn more about the official draft maps, democratic concerns, and how to best provide feedback during this final phase of the redistricting process. and encourage everyone to comment to keep their communities of interest together. You can get training on how to do that here. 

These maps will affect all our lives for the next ten years. NOW is our opportunity to have our say.
Help for Struggling HomeownersThe Arizona Department of Housing launched a one-time Homeowner Assistance Program this past week. $197 million to create the one-time Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) comes to Arizona from the U.S. Department of Treasury as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Homeowner Assistance Fund
 (HAF) provides assistance for Arizona low-income homeowners who have experienced financial hardship related to COVID-19 after January 21, 2020. The assistance is intended to prevent foreclosure but helps with more than just mortgage payments.
 
HAF will help with mortgage payments, past due utilities and internet services, property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, and more for vulnerable homeowners hit hard by COVID. The Arizona Housing Department and Director Tom Simplot are dedicated to supporting renters and homeowners, expanding affordable housing, and ensuring safe housing is available for those in need.
Arizona’s  Affordable Housing CrisisThis month, the Director of the AZ Dept of Housing, Tom Simplot published columns urging developers to take advantage of $24.5 Million available from the AZ Dept of Housing to expand affordable housing as our economy grows and the importance of utilizing public-private partnerships to ensure Arizonans have access to affordable housing.
 Thanks to Director Simplot and the dedicated AZ Department of Housing staff for their vital work on behalf of all Arizonans.