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tents line the road in 'the zone' homeless encampment in phoenix
The Show spoke with both Amy Schwabenlender, CEO of the Human Services Campus, and Cleo Lewis, an outreach pastor to the homeless community, about the growing population of people experiencing homelessness and how we can solve the issue.
Aug. 9, 2023
homeless pets
The Arizona Pet Project is expanding its services. With an American Rescue Plan grant, the nonprofit will now help Tucson residents access housing services without surrendering their pets.
Aug. 8, 2023
housing construction
The Show spoke with Paula Randolph, associate director of the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy at the Lincoln Institute, about issues around pausing certificates for new development in Arizona amid an affordable housing crisis.
Aug. 8, 2023
John Giles
The Show spoke with Mesa Mayor John Giles about the recent bill Gov. Katie Hobbs signed that disallows taxes to be collected on residential rentals starting in 2025.
Aug. 8, 2023
Phoenix Theatre Co. apartments
With an eye on the future, the Phoenix Theatre Company has purchased a second downtown apartment complex. The addition coincides with main-stage expansion of the Hormel Theatre, which will showcase larger productions and draw out-of-market talent who need temporary lodging.
Aug. 1, 2023
apartment complex under construction
Hobbs had vetoed similar legislation earlier this year, but signed the measure Tuesday as a part of negotiations to pass Proposition 400's extension.
Aug. 1, 2023
A Phoenix skyline
For the month of July, the average overnight low temperature was nearly 91 degrees — the warmest overnight monthly average on record for Phoenix. Those hot nights are part of a climate change trend with concerning public health consequences.
Jul. 28, 2023
a subdivision in tucson
The city of Tucson will receive a $50 million grant from the Housing and Urban Development Department to expand affordable housing options.
Jul. 26, 2023
Painting of "Justa Center Expect Miracles"
Phoenix is under an excessive heat warning, this time through Wednesday when temperatures are expected to hit 118. For older Arizonans experiencing homelessness, finding a place to cool off can be a matter of life or death. So where are they going?
Jul. 24, 2023
Phoenix Inn
As the extreme summer heat continues in Phoenix, the area’s homeless seniors are seeking respite from the potentially deadly weather. For the last couple of years, there’s been an increase in the number of homeless older Arizonans.
Jul. 22, 2023
Welcome to Scottsdale
Scottsdale is offering grants to residents who want to spruce up their neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program is designed to maintain or revitalize areas to prevent mature neighborhoods from declining.
Jul. 20, 2023
Gittzy Romero and Silvia Yanez
Periwinkle mobile home park in West Phoenix officially closed at the end of May, its 54 households asked to move out. The aging park has been at the center of a fight over the ongoing development of the area by Grand Canyon University.
Jul. 19, 2023
AC thermostat
For some Arizonans, beating the summer heat means traveling. But should you turn off your air conditioning when you leave town? That’s what one listener asked through our Q&AZ reporting project.
Jul. 18, 2023
Bob Ellis SRP
Phoenix's heat wave is leading to record electricity usage, with both of Phoenix’s electric providers — APS and SRP — reporting their highest demand ever in the last week. Utilities say backup power and new technology are helping them ensure reliability.
Jul. 17, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
Monday marked Phoenix’s 18th consecutive day of 110 degree or higher temperatures. That tied the record set in 1974. For the area’s unsheltered population, this relentless heatwave has dire medical consequences.
Jul. 17, 2023
sprinklers
Scottsdale will ban natural grass in the front yards of new homes. It’s the city’s latest action following Colorado River supply shortages.
More Arizona business news
Jul. 12, 2023
Sedona, Arizona sign
Short-term rentals are becoming increasingly prevalent in Arizona, and full-time homeowners, especially in the state’s most touristy areas, are growing increasingly frustrated by the noise and nuisance.
More Arizona business news
Jul. 12, 2023
This photo shows one block of the homeless encaampment near downtown Phoenix known as the 'Zone.'
It’s been almost a year since business owners near the largest homeless encampment in Phoenix sued the city. Both parties are in court this week, and the business owners are saying the city isn’t moving fast enough to remove the encampment.
More Arizona housing stories
Jul. 11, 2023
light rail
Phoenix is looking to develop 3.2- acres of prime real estate along Central Avenue between Osborn and Indian School roads. The city-owned site has sat vacant since 2004 when the city invoked eminent domain to secure the land along the light rail line.
Jul. 11, 2023
The Zone downtown Phoenix
The Show spoke with Rachel Milne, director of the Office of Homeless Solutions for the City of Phoenix, about the clearing of “The Zone” and the city’s options for shelter.
Jul. 11, 2023

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