2017 Homeless Count Overview
The 2017 annual homeless Point-in-Time count tells two stories: a slight reduction in the overall number of people experiencing homelessness in the region, but an increase in the number of individuals and families living on the streets.
According to the report submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care, there were 5,605 people experiencing homelessness on the night of January 23, 2017. This represents a two percent decrease from the region?s 2016 number of 5,702 people experiencing homeless on the night of the count.
While the overall numbers went down, the report showed the number of homeless individuals and families living on the street went up by more than 400 people. In 2017, 2,059 people were living in ?unsheltered? situations, whereas in 2016, the number was 1,646 people.
“The homeless street count is critical in our collective work toward ending homelessness in the region. The results from the count will help us to better understand the widespread nature of homelessness, identify trends, and help target critical funding and services to those most in need.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count
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