ARIZONA NEWS

To stay or go? Individuals in Phoenix’s homeless encampment the Zone faced with decision

Jun 16, 2023, 3:00 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2023, 3:38 pm

(Caitlin O'Hara/ Getty Images)...

(Caitlin O'Hara/ Getty Images)

(Caitlin O'Hara/ Getty Images)

PHOENIX — For individuals living within the Zone in downtown Phoenix during a cleanup, there are two options: a short-term fix or a long-term solution.

During May’s cleanup of sections within the Zone, the city of Phoenix’s Office of Homeless Solutions engaged with 104 people. Of them, all but 20 individuals opted into moving to indoor locations.

The increase in unsheltered homelessness exists but it is not connected to the cleanup in the Zone, director of the office Rachel Milne told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show on Thursday.

“I don’t think it’s people coming from a direct result of what we’re doing in the area on the Human Service Campus because, again, 20 people have said ‘no’ to what we offered,” Milne said.

“And we more or less know where those 20 people have ended up going and that’s to other blocks within that same area that are still open to pick up their tent.”

Individuals living within the Zone can be connected to services through various partnerships, despite possible barriers to a sustainable future.

“The Human Services Campus plays a very important role in our homeless service system. There are 700 permanent shelter beds on the Human Services campus … there are 17 partners providing ID’s, food, behavioral health, mental health, physical health, Circle the City. That is an important part of our community,” Milne said, adding that the city is also working to open more shelters.

“Eventually, what I’d love to see is have that (Human Services Campus) be the emergency system and then people get referred out to these more specialized shelters from there, so we’re committed to opening these smaller, more specialized shelters.”

The next cleanup is scheduled for Wednesday on Madison Street, in between Eight and Ninth streets.

She said it will appear similar to the cleanup between Washington and Jefferson streets, where signs warding off individuals looking to camp now replace blocks of where tents once gathered.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)...

KTAR.com

Elderly woman presumed dead in northern Arizona after reporting her house on fire

An elderly woman was believed to have been found dead in her northern Arizona home after she had reported that it caught fire on Saturday.

44 minutes ago

fall off Gilbert multi-story parking garage...

KTAR.com

19-year-old dies after falling from Gilbert parking garage, police say

Police said 19-year-old Mubasher Masood died after falling off the top of a Gilbert multi-story parking garage.

2 hours ago

Gas prices are on the decline in Arizona. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)...

Danny Shapiro

Arizona gas prices on the fall heading into Memorial Day weekend

Arizona drivers will get the benefit of decreasing gas prices heading into Memorial Day weekend.

4 hours ago

Surprise man killed his two children in murder-suicide, police say...

Serena O'Sullivan

Surprise father killed his 2 children in murder-suicide, police say

A Surprise man killed his two children in an apparent murder-suicide on May 20, 2024, according to police.

4 hours ago

(Inciweb Photo)...

KTAR.com

Firefighters gain some containment of Wildcat Fire burning north of Phoenix

Firefighters had a breakthrough Monday in containing the Wildcat Fire that has been burning north of Phoenix for days.

6 hours ago

Follow @suelenrivera...

Sponsored Content by Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

Sponsored Articles

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

To stay or go? Individuals in Phoenix’s homeless encampment the Zone faced with decision