Phoenix restaurant owner calls the Zone cleanup in his area ‘wonderful’

Jul 30, 2023, 9:48 AM

(Facebook Photo/Old Station Subs)...

(Facebook Photo/Old Station Subs)

(Facebook Photo/Old Station Subs)

PHOENIX — The latest effort to clean up the homeless encampment known as the Zone in downtown Phoenix had a direct impact on a familiar voice to those who listen to KTAR 92.3 FM.

“I guess being on so much and having so much media on my restaurant, they finally cleaned up my street, which is wonderful,” Old Station Subs Shop owner Joe Faillace told The Mike Broomhead Show on Thursday.

For Faillace, months of bitterness are starting to evaporate as change appears to be on the horizon for him and his neighbors.

“A lot of the women have been telling me they feel a lot safer and they’re just happy to come back in,” Faillace said. “I’m happy they are starting to clean it up.”

The cleanup effort has been slow and steady with thousands of people lining the streets and sidewalks, sleeping in tents and makeshift shelters.

Director of Phoenix’s Office of Homeless Solutions Rachel Milne told The Mike Broomhead Show on Wednesday that by the end of next week the effort will have cleaned up six total blocks.

Milne said that 184 individuals have been offered help to find indoor spaces and just 37 people have denied the complimentary service.

“The amount of people that came down to clean up just 20 tents was enormous,” Faillace said. “There must have been 20 cars, there must have been 60 people to help these people get off the streets. The money they are spending is phenomenal.”

Faillace said it’s apparent that mental illness is impacting the decisions that lead these people to their current situations and he was impressed to see the effort authorities took to provide care for those in need of service for mental health issues.

“I’m also happy for the homeless where I think they are going to be moving them to a stable place where they can get water facilities and help for the mental illness and the drugs,” Faillace said. “It’s an issue that definitely needs to be addressed in our neighborhood and I think everyone realizes it all over the city.”

Many places around the Valley offer services for the homeless such as Maggie’s Place that provides services to homeless pregnant women, Shoebox Ministry which provides toiletry items for those who can’t afford them and St. Joseph the Worker which helps transition people to quality jobs throughout the Valley.

More of these places can be found on our KTAR resource page here.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs...

Governor Hobbs to appear at Memorial Day ceremony for military service members, veterans

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs will appear at a special Memorial Day ceremony to honor military service members, veterans and their families.

59 minutes ago


Associated Press

Movie theaters see slowest Memorial Day box office in decades

The box office is cruising for a two-decade low. “Furiosa,” claimed the first place spot for Friday-Saturday-Sunday with $25.6 million.

5 hours ago


Nick Borgia

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes discusses A.I. and misinformation

With elections quickly approaching, Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes offered his takes on a variety of different political issues.

8 hours ago


Nick Borgia

Amtech relocates global headquarters to Rio2100 in Tempe

Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. announced the relocation of the Amtech Systems Inc. global headquarters to a new area in Tempe on Wednesday.

10 hours ago


3 dead in wrong-way crash on State Route 87 in Fountain Hills

Three people died in a wrong-way crash on State Route 87 in Fountain Hills, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

12 hours ago

Project Active Duty: AHS program helps service members, pets...

Serena O'Sullivan

Military member reunited with cat after 7-month deployment

An Arizona Humane Society program called Project Active Duty protects service members' animals while they're serving the country.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.



Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Phoenix restaurant owner calls the Zone cleanup in his area ‘wonderful’