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Homeless Count Overview

The Point-in-Time homeless street count and shelter count is an effort to learn more about the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County and the entire country. In order to accomplish local and federal goals toward ending homelessness, we first need to know who is experiencing homelessness, where they are, and better understand the factors surrounding their homelessness.

According to local data collected during the 2015 homeless count, 5,631 people had experienced homelessness in Maricopa County, with 1,289 of them reported to be sleeping on the streets and 4,342 people in shelters. Of the total people counted, 380 were children.

Efforts are underway to conduct the 2016 homeless count during the early morning hours of January 26, 2016. As in previous years, the 2016 homeless count is a one-night street and shelter count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County during a given point in time. The count includes a brief survey to collect information about people experiencing homelessness.

As the lead agency for the Maricopa County Continuum of Care, MAG coordinates the regional count each year. The count is critical to securing millions of dollars in Continuum of Care Program annual homeless assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) each year. Want to help end homelessness in your community? Consider joining our 2016 Homeless Street Count volunteer team.

Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count Timeline

Train-The-Trainer (for Coordinators ONLY):
January 14, 2016, 2 pm-3:30 pm
Maricopa Association of Governments
302 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Deadline to sign-up as a volunteer for the 2016 count:
January 17th, 2016

General Training:
January 25, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Bethany Bible Church
6060 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count:
January 26, 2016, 6 am - Noon
Across Maricopa Count

The deadline to sign-up is January 17, 2016.

2016 Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count Handouts:

“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

2014 Homeless Street Count, City of Phoenix

2014 Homeless Street Count, City of Mesa

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