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Maricopa County giving $3.8 million to Catholic Church????

May 29, 2012

Arizona Republic

It sure sounds like Maricopa County is mixing government and religion by spending $3.8 million on this housing project which is owned by Catholic Charities in Phoenix

Maricopa County approves Phoenix housing project

$3.8 mil in federal funds will rehab units for vets, low-income residents

by Michelle Ye Hee Lee - May. 27, 2012 09:11 PM

The Republic |

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has decided to spend $3.8 million in federal funds to purchase and rehabilitate a Phoenix complex to house veterans and low-income and formerly homeless residents.

Catholic Charities Community Services, a non-profit, is in escrow for the Villa Tomas Apartments near 52nd Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix. After renovation, slated to begin this fall, there will be at least 46 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

The complex is scheduled to open in summer 2013.

Maricopa County will use part of its Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The county uses the money to work with community partners to buy abandoned homes, fix them up and sell or rent them to low-income families.

The county is required to provide at least 25 percent of the available units for residents who do not exceed 50 percent of the area's median income.

But at this property, all of the residents will fit that criterion, meaning they need help finding permanent housing. The target population is veterans or formerly homeless families coming out of transitional housing.

The county Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to use neighborhood-stabilization funds for the project.

"It creates less burden on taxpayers. Otherwise, you recycle them through emergency services," said Ursula Strephans, acting assistant director of community development at the county Human Services Department.

Catholic Charities will own the property and provide services for residents.

Steve Capobres, vice president of Catholic Charities in Phoenix, said the goal is to create a community environment for the residents to help them get reintegrated into society.

Veterans are used to working and living with a group of soldiers and homeless families may have lived at transitional shelters for up to two years, interacting with volunteers, staff and other families, he said.

"They need that support system. A lot of times, these clients, the reason they have issues is they've lost that support system. They've lost that family," Capobres said. "So where we come in is, essentially, we create that family and create that community."

Services and programming will be voluntary for residents.

They will range from events like barbecues and farmers markets to counseling and classes on various topics, such as parenting.

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock District 1 Fulton Brock (R)
Maricopa County District 1 Supervisor
301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(602) 506-1776

Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley  District 2 Don Stapley (R)
Maricopa County District 2 Supervisor
301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(602) 506-7431

Maricopa County Supervisor Andrew W. Kunasek District 3 Andrew W. Kunasek (R)
Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor
301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(602) 506-7562

Maricopa County Supervisor Max W. Wilson District 4 Max W. Wilson (R)
Maricopa County District 4 Supervisor
301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(602) 506-7642

Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox District 5 aka Mary Rose 'Bullet in the Butt' Wilcox, MaryRose Wilcox MaryRose Wilcox (D)
AKA Mary Rose Wilcox (D)
Maricopa County District 5 Supervisor
301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(602) 506-7092

While the US Senators, US Congressman, and US Congresswomen from Arizona did not vote on the issue in Maricopa County they did approve this Federal money which is going to be spent on these religious issues which is a violation of the First Amendment.

They are:

Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl
(202) 224-4521

Senator John McCain of Arizona Senator John McCain
(202) 224-2235

Arizona Congressman Paul A. Gosar Congressman District 1
Paul A. Gosar (R)
504 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2315
Fax: (202) 226-9739

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks  Congressman District 2
Trent Franks (R)
2435 Rayburn Office Building
Washington. DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4576
Fax: 202-225-6328

7121 West Bell Road
Suite 200
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-776-7911
Fax: 623-776-7832

Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle Congressman District 3
Ben Quayle (R)
1419 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3361
Fax: 202-225-3462

2400 E. Arizona Biltmore Circle
Suite 1290
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-263-5300

Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor Congressman District 4
Ed Pastor (D)
2465 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4065

411 North Central Avenue
Suite 150
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 256-0551
Fax: (602) 257-9103

Arizona Congressman David Schweikert Congressman District 5
David Schweikert (R)
1205 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2190
Fax: (202) 225-0096

10603 North Hayden Rd, Ste 108
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 946-2411
Fax: (480) 946-2446

Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake Congressman District 6
Jeff Flake (R)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 224-3121

Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva Congressman District 7
Raul Grijalva (D)
1511 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph (202) 225-2435
fax (202) 225-1541

738 N 5th Ave. Suite 110
Tucson, AZ 85705
ph (520) 622-6788
fax (520) 622-0198

Arizona Congressman Gabrielle Giffords Congressman District 8
Gabrielle Giffords (D)
1030 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515-0308