/Monday, Aug. 16 COVID-19 Update

Monday, Aug. 16 COVID-19 Update

Vaccination events

Over the next few weeks, Tempe is offering smaller, community-focused vaccination pop-up events throughout the city. Free rapid testing with 15-minute results is available at all events, except the one held on Aug. 23. No registration is required. Visit tempe.gov/coronavirus to see scheduled events.  

STEP public input period extended

❓ How many signatures should be necessary to initiate a traffic calming study?
❓ How many neighbors should have to agree to installing a device, like a traffic circle?
❓ What happens if someone doesn’t respond?

Help shape the process for installing neighborhood traffic calming devices. Tempe is extending the comment period for the STEP manual, open through Aug. 23. Answer all the questions, or just the ones that matter the most to you. Find out how you can get involved.

Live Well Virtual Yoga 
Tuesdays and Saturdays
Sun Devil Stadium and Zoom
Free one-hour yoga classes for beginners to experts, led by local community instructors. Held in-person and virtually from Aug. 21 thru Dec. 4. Registration required. 
Found in Translation: In Concrete
Wednesday, Aug. 18
7 p.m.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our newest book club focused on international literature.
Save Water and Energy at Home
Wednesday, Aug. 18
7-8 p.m.
Learn practical tips for saving water and energy at home. Free, online class. Register.
Tempe Council Committee meetings
On Monday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m., join Vice Mayor Keating and Councilmember Arredondo-Savage at the Workforce Readiness and Economic Vitality committee meeting.
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m., Councilmembers Adams and Kuby discuss programs, infrastructure and policy that help create a more Sustainable and Livable Community.
On Friday, Aug. 27, at noon, Councilmembers Navarro and Garlid address issues related to Human Services and Community Safety for residents, visitors and the business community.

Vaccines = a lake house vacation, family bonding and a safe reunion

This summer, Tempe resident Ami Johnson and seven of her Tempe-based relatives drove to Oklahoma where they met more relatives and enjoyed long-overdue family time.
“I am 36 years old and have never been away from my entire family on Christmas,” Ami said. “Christmas 2020 was the first time I had to be away from them, and it was really hard.”
But the family made a commitment to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it was available to them, so that they could get back together. The group rented a lake house, where they cooked dinners together nightly, fished, kayaked, played games, tie dyed shirts, watched old home videos and swam.
“The freedom from the feeling of fear that has loomed over us for the last year and a half was incredible,” Ami said. “And the special bond we share was allowed to once again live in our hugs and laughs.”

COVID-19 is surging again and the best protection for you and your family is the COVID-19 vaccine. If you or those you love are still on the fence, listen to the stories of these Tempeans who contracted COVID-19 before vaccines were available to them. They decided to share their experiences – nagging symptoms, hospitalizations, difficult recoveries, isolation and fear of giving COVID-19 to loved ones – in hopes that our collective community would do what it takes to stay safe.

Housing Choice Voucher waitlist opens today

The City of Tempe Housing Authority is now accepting applications for its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program waitlist. Applications are accepted online, although

people requiring special assistance or who do not have internet access can call the city’s helpline. 
The HCV Program, also known as Section 8, is a rental assistance program funded by HUD.  Vouchers assist low-income families in renting apartments or homes on the private market. Utilizing the voucher, a person pays approximately 30 – 40% of income toward rent and utilities.
The application process is available online. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 22. All applicants will be screened to determine if they meet federally-mandated qualifications, including income limits. All applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
For general questions, call 480-350-8950 weekdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For those needing special assistance or without internet access, call 480-350-8076 on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. – noon. Details: tempe.gov/Housing.

Future leaders wanted!

Students in 9th – 11th grades are encouraged to apply for the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission (MYAC) to hone their leadership skills, learn about the value of community advocacy, and provide vital input to the Tempe City Council and city departments. MYAC is open to students who attend a school in Tempe or live in Tempe. Open positions are limited – apply by Tuesday, Aug. 31. Details: tempe.gov/MYAC. Questions: Adrian Cascio, MYAC Advisor, at adrian_cascio@tempe.gov or 480-858-2460.

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