Office of Diversity

Ruth Giese

Community Services Director

20 E. Main Street, Suite 250

Mesa, AZ 85211

Hours of Operation

M-Th 7am-6pm

Contact Information


AzRelay 7-1-1 


Community Services

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Diversity Links



Community Services

Community Services is a department that provides a wide range of assistance to City of Mesa residents.  This department includes the following areas:



Special Announcement

Mainstream Program Waiting List Opening

HOM, Inc., on behalf of Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, will conduct an online open enrollment lottery to accept pre-applications for the Mainstream Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Program.  The Mainstream Program provides rental assistance through Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to very low-income, disabled households.  The purpose of the program is to expand residential choice for Mainstream households while promoting fair-housing, ensuring safe and affordable housing, and encouraging self-sufficiency efforts by participant household.  The Mainstream program serves ALL disabled families, regardless of the type of disability.  There is no preference provided to families with specific types of disabilities and the program does NOT require the applicants be homeless.  Please see the links below for more detailed information.
2017 Mainstream Lottery Flyer
Mainstream Lottery 2017 FAQ

Diversity includes respect of the dignity of each individual as a person not withstanding differences in personality, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, physical appearance, family status, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic status, and other personal identity markers.

The Office of Diversity pledges to foster, cultivate, and promote a culture of equality and inclusion that enriches Mesa's vibrant community and workforce.


The Office of Diversity's services support the City's diversity initiatives and serves as liaison to the community by providing information and direction.  It also provides coordination for Title VI and the ADA.

View HERE [PDF] for a current listing of Diversity Programs.

Community Impact

  • Human Relations Advisory Board

    Serves as liaison to council-appointed Mesa volunteers who advise the City Council on issues of diversity and inclusion.

2014 Diversity Report

Since diversity and inclusion are core values for the City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board and Office of Diversity, an objective measure of incidents of bias, discrimination and exclusion was conducted by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.



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