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Yassamin is 100 percent pro-choice and took bold action as City Councilwoman to protect women and doctors from attempts by MAGA Republicans to arrest abortion providers.

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“Phoenix votes to de-prioritize enforcement of abortion laws,” Caitlin Sievers, AZ Mirror, 10/12/2022

The Phoenix City Council voted 6-2 late Tuesday afternoon to direct its police department to make state abortion laws its lowest priority for enforcement.

Voting in favor of the resolution were Mayor Kate Gallego and Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, along with council members Yassamin Ansari, Carlos Garcia, Betty Guardado and Debra Stark. Voting against were council members Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring. Council member Ann O’Brien was absent.

The resolution, which Ansari, Gallego and Stark have been working on for months, condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s rollback of federal abortion rights, overturning the Roe v. Wade decision, as well as speaks out against laws restricting abortion in Arizona at the state level.

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That’s why she’s endorsed by abortion rights advocates throughout Phoenix.

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“Endorsements,” Yassaminforcongress.com

Pro Choice Leaders

  • EVA DIAZ – State Senator District 22
  • STACEY TRAVERS – State Rep District 12
  • FLAVIO BRAVIO – State Senator District 26
  • MARITZA MIRANDA SAENZ – Former Executive Director of the Maricopa County Democratic Party
  • MICHELLE STEINBERG – Former Planned Parenthood Arizona Public Policy Director

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Yassamin believes that every voter should be able to vote and that every vote should be counted, and in Congress she will stand up to MAGA Republicans to protect voters’ rights and our democracy.

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Twitter Post, @Yassaminansari, 1/6/2022

A year ago today, there was an attempted coup at our Nation’s Capitol — a dark day in U.S. history that we will continue to relive and retell.

Let’s meet the moment: pass voting rights legislation & reaffirm our commitment to free and fair elections that uphold a true democracy.

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Yassamin has the experience that counts to get things done in Congress. She worked at the United Nations to tackle climate change

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“Phoenix council member and former U.N. climate adviser Yassamin Ansari pushes for climate action and sustainable energy,” Jack Wu, Cronkite News, 3/23/2023

Yassamin Ansari began her professional career at the United Nations, as a policy adviser advocating for climate change. Now, as a Phoenix City Council member and vice mayor, she says that true progress toward a sustainable future starts at the local level.

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in international relations, Ansari worked for the United Nations as a team member advising former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. In 2016, she helped plan the Climate Action 2016 Summit in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Robert Orr, special adviser to the U.N. secretary-general on climate change.

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and enacted bold policies to clean up our air and water as a Phoenix City Councilwoman.

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“Phoenix approves $300M to reopen Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant,” Mickaela Castillo, AZ Family, 2/8/2024

The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve up to $300 million to renovate and bring back online its Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant. “We want people to know that even while it’s raining, we are still thinking about the drought and the long-term future,’ said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

The Cave Creek facility was previously shut down in 2009 due to an economic slowdown but will reopen with the goal of treating wastewater for drinking water. “So it takes in wastewater from the area and it runs it into several processes to clean the wastewater, remove the solids, and strip away the impurities,” said Nazario Prieto, Phoenix assistant water services director for wastewater utility.

The plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2026 but will first only supply irrigation to large turf customers like schools and parks. To start treating the wastewater for drinking, the plant will need to receive a permit from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) — which is currently finalizing the rules of the program.

“Here’s what you need to know about Phoenix’s Climate Action Plan,” Olivia Dow, Cronkite News, 1/7/2022

Locals are familiar with extended days of extreme heat in the summer – but they might not realize the average temperature in Phoenix has increased 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1970s, according to Climate Central.

The rising heat, along with the ongoing megadrought and persistently poor air quality, are driving issues behind how the country’s fifth-largest city plans to address climate change.

The City Council approved the updated Climate Action Plan on Oct. 12, 2021, just a few weeks before COP26 – the United Nations sponsored conference that brings countries together to discuss climate change – took place in Scotland.

The city’s plan focuses on two critical goals to achieve by 2050: reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency.

Emission reduction goals target stationary energy – fossil fuels, including gas and oil, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency – transportation and waste as a resource. Resilience goals focus on air quality, heat, local food systems and water.

“I think that (the Climate Action Plan) is awesome,” Ansari said. “It’s a great start, but every year we just have to keep adding to it and really being innovative in how we spend funds to make sure that sustainability is incorporated across everything that we do.”

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Phoenix Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari is the only candidate in this race who has taken action to reduce homelessness. As Phoenix City Councilwoman, she provided rent and utility assistance to struggling families

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Phoenix City Council Policy Session Minutes, 9/7/2021

Item 2: Emergency Rental Assistance Program/American Rescue Plan Act Rent and Utility Assistance Recommendations

Roll Call: 7-0

Ansari: Yes

“Coronavirus Relief Funded Programs Policy and Procedures,” City of Phoenix Human Services Department, Accessed 4/5/2024

In March 2021, the United States Department of Treasury enacted a $350 billion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Program. ARPA Program funding for housing is intended to assist renter households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In June 2021, the Phoenix City Council approved the City’s ARPA Strategic Plan which outlined program summaries for the City’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds ARPA allocation. On September 7, 2021 Phoenix City Council approved $4 million to provide additional rental and utility assistance to Phoenix residents with income levels between 80 and 120% of Area Median Income (AMI). The funds will be administered through the Family Services Centers infrastructure, utilizing the existing Client Management Services (CMS) database and Central Intake phone line to accept applications from Phoenix residents. ARPA funds will be available through December 31, 2024 or until expended.

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expanded emergency shelter beds and transitional housing

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“City of Phoenix Invests $12 Million in Homeless Solutions in October,” City of Phoenix press release, 10/26/2022

In Oct. 2022, the Phoenix City Council approved $12 million in funding dedicated to homelessness solutions. The allocated funds will create new shelter and safe spaces to sleep for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. It will also contribute to wraparound services and support a workforce program to help individuals end their homelessness and become financially self-sufficient. These allocations are part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Strategic Plan the City of Phoenix is quickly deploying to assist people experiencing homelessness and the community.

St. Vincent de Paul Transitional Housing Ozanam Manor II

The City dedicated $6 million dollars of ARPA funding to St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) to build a new 100-bed transitional housing facility for individuals experiencing homelessness. The new Ozanam Manor II will supplement the existing 60-bed Ozanam Manor transitional housing program on the SVdP campus at 308 W. Watkins Road. The facility will provide structured, wraparound supportive services to residents with the goal of securing them permanent housing. The funding is a partnership between the City, Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Housing, with each contributing $6 million. This project is estimated to be complete in summer 2024.

St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Shelter Services, Washington Relief Shelter

The City allocated up to $4 million of ARPA funding to extend emergency shelter services at the Washington Relief Shelter through Dec. 2024. The project at 2739 E. Washington St is an ongoing partnership with St. Vincent de Paul and Maricopa County, with the County also contributing an additional $4.8 million to extend operations. The 200-bed shelter, which opened in May 2022, provides wraparound services and is unique in that it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood surrounding the shelter as well as in the area surrounding the Human Services Campus. The shelter operates 24/7 and residents receive three meals a day, have access to laundry services, showers and hygiene supplies, clothing and are welcome to bring their pets. As of October 22, 2022, the shelter has served 583 people and more than 300 individuals have moved to permanent housing, treatment, reunited with family or otherwise exited positively.

Phoenix City Council Formal Meeting 10/26/2022 video

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Item 24 — Request to Enter Into an Agreement with the Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for Emergency Shelter Services (Ordinance S- 49102)

25:44 – Item 25 Request to Enter Into Agreements with the Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and its Wholly-Owned Subsidiary for Transitional Housing and Associated Intergovernmental Agreements (Ordinance S-49103)
Roll Call for both passed 9-0

36:19 – Item 26 Homeless Services Sprung Structure II – Architectural and Engineering Services – HS99990003 (Ordinance S-49118)
Roll Call passed 8-0

“Phoenix City Council OKs spending $25M to more quickly address homelessness,” Taylor Seely, Arizona Republic, 1/27/2023

To more quickly address rising homelessness in Phoenix, the City Council on Wednesday gave staff permission to spend up to $25 million to buy property and hire organizations to provide shelter and heat relief services.

The authority came in two votes. The council unanimously approved $10 million so the city can hire shelter operators and heat-relief contractors as needed. They also voted 8-1 to spend $15 million on property for a shelter. Councilman Sal DiCiccio voted “no,” telling The Republic afterward that he believes a shelter would enable, not mitigate, homelessness.

Wednesday’s approval of $15 million for a shelter site does not mean the city can buy property without the council’s go-ahead. Instead, it allows staff to begin the acquisition process, but they will return to the council for final approval. The public will also get a chance to weigh in, council members were told.

Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari praised the city for trying to expedite the process.

“I know how long appraisals can take and finding properties,” Ansari said at the meeting. “So I think this authority to move a little quicker is great.”

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and created Phoenix’s Office of Homeless Solutions.

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Phoenix’s Office of Homeless Solutions was created as part of the 2021-22 City Budget

Phoenix City Council Policy Session, 5/18/2021

Item 1: City Council Budget Decision on the 2021-22 Budget
Motion to approve the proposed budget per staff’s recommendation passed by 6-3 vote

Ansari: Yes

“Phoenix’s new homelessness office is prioritizing more shelter beds,” Juliette Rihl, Arizona Republic, 2/17/2023

The Office of Homeless Solutions, which is part of the City Manager’s office, launched in October and is already piloting a list of new policies and projects.

The office is an expansion of the former Homeless Service Division, which was previously housed in the city’s Human Services Department.

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Ansari is the only candidate in this race who has gotten anything done on housing having legalized casitas and in-law suites

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“Phoenix just legalized guesthouses citywide to combat affordable housing crisis,” Taylor Seely, Arizona Republic, 9/6/2023

Phoenix City Council passed a new policy that legalizes backyard guesthouses for homeowners citywide Wednesday, a move that supporters say will increase affordable housing stock and provide flexibility for families with aging parents or adult children who struggle to afford to live elsewhere.

Mayor Kate Gallego celebrated the policy, saying “We’re very excited … we believe everyone deserves a place to call home,” and noted how it’s one of many strategies the city is deploying to address the affordable housing crisis.

Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari called it “just a small piece of the puzzle but a very necessary one.”

Councilwoman Betty Guardado, of District 5 in the Maryvale area, said the policy would particularly benefit her constituents who live in multi-generational households.

The council voted 8-1 to approve the policy, with Councilmember Jim Waring of District 2 in northeast Phoenix voting no over concerns the city struggles to adequately enforce short-term rental regulations.

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and pushed for zoning reform to
make housing more affordable while Phoenix Vice Mayor.

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“4 ways that Phoenix can help ease our housing shortage,” Yassamin Ansari, Arizona Republic, 6/28/2023

In Phoenix, I’ve been leading the charge to increase our housing stock in a responsible, sustainable and affordable way.

One of our biggest obstacles — outside of state preemption that has blocked cities’ ability to limit short-term rentals or regulate the cost of rent — has been current zoning laws and long rezoning and permitting processes, which slow down our housing unit construction and increase construction costs.

Here are four key zoning reforms I that urge my colleagues to adopt this year:

  • Legalizing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in every part of the city.
  • Removing or reducing parking lot minimums for multifamily housing construction, especially along major public transit lines.
  • Legalizing additional density types, such as duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes, which are significantly more affordable than a single-family home.
  • Implementing an incentive framework for affordable housing projects, such as density bonuses.