Stories tagged: "affordability"


Sharleen Kakalewska prepares to cut a client’s hair on Aug. 30, 2022, at the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. Kakalewska volunteers with the Church of the Palms, United Church of Christ, which provides free showers, haircuts and hygienic products. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)
Growing Unsheltered Community in Phoenix Receives Help From Project Connect

Project Connect is a program in Phoenix that provides resources like medical and housing assistance, and helps individuals acquire proper identification.

Lorena Austin, candidate for Arizona House in LD 9. (Photo courtesy of Lorena Austin's campaign)
Mesa’s Housing Shortage Is Personal for Lorena Austin. That’s Why She’s Running for Arizona House.

The Copper Courier spoke with Arizona House candidate Lorena Austin about rising costs of living in Mesa and the state— especially when it comes to housing.

The 33 new VISTA members to be placed throughout Arizona will contribute to food distribution efforts, pack meal kits and organize volunteers at the food bank they serve. Photo taken Aug. 26, 2022, at the United Food Bank in Mesa. (Photo by Scianna Garcia/Cronkite News)
AmeriCorps Grant Gives Arizona Food Banks More Resources to Help Food Insecurity

AmeriCorps granted the Arizona Food Bank Network $180,000 to support 33 on-the-ground volunteers who will serve at food banks across Arizona.

children eating lunch at a table
Lunch Crunch: Inflation Has Schools Scrambling to Afford Student Meals

Officials are scrambling to figure out how to afford meals for students at a time when inflation nationwide is running at the highest level in decades.

woman in safety gear cutting a material with sparks flying
Union Membership in Arizona Inches Up, Still Trails Most of the Nation

After bottoming out at 4% in 2017, labor union membership in Arizona has been slowly rising, but it is still well behind levels of previous years.

Dozens of vehicles line up to get food boxes at the St. Mary's Food Bank Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Phoenix. Long lines are back at outside food banks around the U.S. as working Americans overwhelmed by inflation increasingly seek handouts to feed their families. Many people are coming for the first time amid the skyrocketing grocery and gas prices. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Long Lines Are Back at Phoenix Food Banks as Prices Hit High

The food banks are struggling to meet the latest need even as federal programs provide less food to distribute, grocery store donations wane, and cash gifts don’t go nearly as far.

sign saying "Town of Queen Creek Arizona"
Arizona Cities Continued Booming Growth Last Year, Census Bureau Says

Arizona had five of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the US last year while Phoenix continued to add residents, bucking the trend of major cities that lost population during the pandemic.