At the Sept. 8 meeting, Peoria City Council authorized a contract with the nonprofit Foundation for Senior Living to implement and manage a $1 million rent and mortgage assistance program and a $500,000 utility assistance program, beginning in October.
The funding comes from the state, which received almost $600 million in federal COVID-19 aid.
FSL is a nonprofit that provide rent and utility assistance services through the Maricopa County Community Action Program at the city’s Community Assistance Resource Center.
The utility program expects to assist 300 households. The rent and mortgage program expects to assist 200 households. Both programs require income eligibility and proof of financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For more information contact the city of Peoria helpline at 623-773-7770.
City council also unanimously approved a redevelopment plan called the P83 Central Business District.
“P83 really functions as the business and entertainment hub of the city,” Planning Director Chris Jacques said.
Jacques said strategic redevelopment of P83 will allow it to become the commercial and business hub of the city, while promoting the health, safety and welfare of Peoria residents.
“We’ve invested a lot of resources and efforts to redevelop and transform this area,” Jacques said.
“And we believe this destination will not only promote the health, safety and welfare of the city, but also provide us with additional economic tools to spur future investment in this area.”
Council also approved “repurposing” $350,000 for Crosspoint Communications and the Vistancia Radio Site.
The Vistancia Radio Site project will address officer safety and in-building coverage issues at Sunrise Mountain High School, Smart Center, Lake Pleasant Elementary and Vistancia Elementary, according to IT Director Kris Dalmolin.
The project will improve the in-building coverage by enhancing both incoming and outgoing signals, according to Dalmolin.
North Peoria Redevelopment Area Plan
Council approved the renewal of a 1992 redevelopment plan located near the Loop 101 and Greenway Road. The North Peoria Redevelopment Area Plan will provide options for public and private redevelopment projects, according to Jacques.
In the future, the city expects to benefit from increased tax revenue from the redevelopment. The city owns most of land in the redevelopment area, including the Peoria Sports Complex, according to Jacques.
The plan renewal also provides the city an opportunity to construct the potential Stadium Point project.
Council unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to add Paloma Community Park Pond to the Community Fishing Program.
This partnership agreement will add the new fishing pond at Paloma Community Park to the Community Fishing Program, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Director John R. Sefton Jr.