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Phoenix is cleaning up 'The Zone' block by block. Here's how

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 11:53am
Updated: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 - 10:46am

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Tents line the road in "The Zone," a large homeless encampment in Phoenix in April 2023.

The city of Phoenix has been ordered by a judge to disband “The Zone," the area surrounding the city's — and now region's — largest homeless campus

“The Zone” will be cleaned up, closed off block by block, and each resident will be offered services and a place to go. This plan is an extension of efforts the city already has in place and is set to be executed among learning that the homeless population in Maricopa County has only gone up.

The Maricopa Association of Governments announced the results of its annual Point-in-Time homeless count on Monday, and they show a 7% increase in the homeless population within the last year, to 9,642 people experiencing homelessness. 

The Show spoke to Rachel Milne, director of Phoenix’s Office of Homeless Solutions, about the city's plans.

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