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Could Canceled Count Lead To Better Picture Of Homelessness In Maricopa County?

By Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 12:42pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 12:56pm

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Tents line the sidewalks near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Madison Street near the state capitol on January 29, 2020. This location has one of the highest densities of people living on the street in Phoenix.
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Tents line the sidewalks near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Madison Street near the state Capitol on Jan. 29, 2020.

Tempe conducted a point-in-time count that was smaller than usual on Jan. 26, to get a sense of how many of its residents are experiencing homelessness.

This year’s version was scaled back and the city says it largely used employees rather than volunteers.

Maricopa County’s annual count, meanwhile, will not happen this year. The feds allowed communities to opt out of it due to the pandemic, and the Maricopa Association of Governments decided to take that route.

To learn about what that will mean for agencies who work with residents experiencing homelessness, The Show spoke with Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus in Phoenix.

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