"This is a crisis": Arizona sees 20% jump in homelessness
While most of the rest of the country saw homelessness hold steady between 2020 and 2022, Arizona's numbers jumped 23%, according to a December HUD report.
State of play: Jeff Olivet, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, says pandemic assistance was enough to stave off homelessness in many states.
- Yes, but: Metro Phoenix's housing boom between 2020 and 2021, coupled with its housing shortage, displaced thousands.
By the numbers: The Valley's 2020 point-in-time count showed about 7,500 people experiencing homelessness in 2020.
- That spiked to more than 9,000 in 2022.
The bottom line: "This is a crisis. It is a life and death public health crisis," Olivet, who was in Phoenix from Washington for the point-in-time count, says.
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