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Maricopa County includes pets in annual homeless survey for the first time

Every January, volunteers in Maricopa County conduct the Point-in-Time homeless count in hopes of learning about challenges faced by people who lack shelter. This year they are asking about the pets homeless people have with them.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Rothschild's bite-sized achievements welcome in age of giant, empty political promises

Mayor Rothschild looked around, saw what was doable and led Tucson's City Council to getting it done. Maybe that’s low-hanging fruit but he never promised more than he could deliver, and usually accomplished what he said he'd do.... Read more»

Phoenix mayoral candidates clash over Suns arena, light rail & homelessness

Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela — both Democrats — disagreed over whether public money should be used for pro sports arenas and if affordable housing alone is enough to address homelessness. Early voting began this week. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Rothschild got Tucson to walk the line, now we could use a kick

Tucson's progress is worth noting because we've done better under Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's leadership, but the city still lags behind the rest of the country ways cities that don't want to lag. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Learn from out-of-control conspiracy rumors about 'child sex camp'

There are so many things that disappoint me about how this has emerged. I understand how a reporter, just like a regular citizen, would get scared when they hear allegations about sex trafficking. I just wish a little more care was taken in evaluating the source that this information came from. I hope this is something they have learned from. ... Read more»

Arizona homelessness down 30% since 2010, nat'l report says

The number of homeless people fell nearly 30 percent in Arizona in the last six years, outpacing the decrease nationwide in the same period, according to report Thursday from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.... Read more»

One less battle: Treatment courts keep vets out of jail, in recovery

Veterans treatment courts divert vets who have been charged with a crime and connects them to services. The programs can cut repeat offenses and veteran homelessness sharply, advocates say... Read more»

Nearly 40% of homeless youth identify as gay or transgender

Youth who identify as LGBTQ account for no more than 10 percent of the U.S. population. But they account for 40 percent of homeless youth, and cite difficulties with acceptance from family as one of the most prominent factors in their homelessness.... Read more»

Cities and states are fighting veteran homelessness

Virginia and 15 municipalities have met a federal goal for ending veteran homelessness by the end of this month. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t hundreds of veterans still sleeping on their streets.... Read more»

Arizona's homeless face barriers to vote, disenchanted by politics

“Only 30 percent of people in Arizona that make $20,000 or less (each year) are registered to vote. Said another way, there’s a 70 percent voter registration gap among people experiencing poverty.”... Read more»

Anti-panhandling laws face hurdle after Gilbert church case

Many cities are cracking down on panhandling, driven by the unlikely combination of thriving downtowns and the lingering effects of the Great Recession. But such bans have faced legal challenges — and a recent Supreme Court ruling in an Arizona case provided ammunition to those who argue such laws trample free speech.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Don’t thank me anymore... Just care for vets who return, and work to end war

Many years ago I became fed up with the hollow thank yous and stopped celebrating Veterans Day. Today I join with Veterans For Peace in a call to Reclaim November 11th as Armistice Day—a day to think about peace and thank those who served by working to end war.... Read more»

Mesa program offers struggling veterans an alternative to the streets

Soon after returning home from the Vietnam War, Marine Corps veteran Larry Hutchison said he found himself homeless in this Phoenix suburb. "I spent 30 years on the streets with drugs and alcohol trying to get rid of bad memories that I had," he said.... Read more»

Advocates: Health, homelessness are linked and must be addressed

Sister Adele O’Sullivan said he was known as Mr. 280, a homeless man with chronic mental illness whose trips in and out of the hospital racked up bills of more than $358,000 over several years. But now, with supportive housing and a part-time job, his health issues are being treated, said the founder of a Phoenix charity.... Read more»

Cabinet secretaries tour Tucson's efforts to help homeless vets

The U.S. secretaries of Labor, Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development toured a Pima County employment center to recognize the local effort to end homelessness among veterans. Tucson is one of 25 cities across the country with a high concentration of chronically homeless vets.... Read more»

Young and homeless in Tucson

Youth in Arizona are more at risk for homelessness than kids in any other state, with 6,000 runaway or homeless youth in Pima County alone. Teen pregnancies, home foreclosures and childhood poverty make Arizona kids susceptible to homelessness, while many other families are living "one paycheck away" from being on the streets.... Read more»1

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