Based on the COP budget proposal, since 2007-08, the City would have cut $254,000 from the CASS budget, reducing our COP contract for services from $921,000 to $667,000. Cumulatively, this would be an almost 30% cut in funding over the past eight years (see schedule of COP funding below).
We need your help.
Demonstrating strong community support for CASS is the first step in preserving and recovering our COP funding. I urge you to contact the mayor and council members and express your opposition to the proposed reduction in financial support to CASS. Contact information for each council member is listed by district below.
A personal email/letter is most effective. Here are a few key points you might consider when drafting your message:
- CASS provides shelter and supportive services to nearly 10,000 of the Valley's homeless each year.
- There is a significant need for homeless services provided by CASS; current average daily occupancy is at its highest levels since 2008.
- Additional funding cuts will pose further risk to the many crucial services CASS provides, including job development, training and placement, client benefit acquisition, case management, permanent housing assistance and placement and dental services to name a few.
- The Men's Overflow Shelter (MOS) and the adjacent parking lot serve over 400 individuals every night, keeping those persons off the streets of downtown Phoenix and in a safe and secure environment.
Our core services will be jeopardized if government funding continues to decline. Your participation in voicing your opposition to these cuts helps support CASS' mission.
If you have questions, please contact (602) 417-9800.
2014 REMAINING BUDGET HEARINGS SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, April 16 - 6:00 p.m.
Districts 4 & 7 - Laura Pastor & Michael Nowakowski
Phoenix Art Museum, Singer Hall
1625 N Central Avenue
Tuesday, April 22 - 7;00 p.m.
Citywide Online - Mayor Stanton & City Manager Ed Zuercher
Live on PHX 11
CITY OF PHOENIX COUNCIL MEMBERS
Mayor Greg Stanton
Councilwoman Thelda Williams
Vice Mayor Jim Waring
Councilman Bill Gates
Councilwoman Laura Pastor
Councilman Daniel Valenzuela
Councilman Sal DiCiccio
Councilman Michael Nowakowski
Councilwoman Kate Gallego