Is homelessness increasing in Phoenix?
Although the total number of people experiencing
homelessness has remained relatively consistent over the last several years, the number of persons living unsheltered has increased by 59% between 2015 and 2017.
What is the impact of homeless encampment?
Unsheltered homelessness is costly both to those experiencing first hand, and communities at large. Consider this:
Individuals who live
without shelter have significantly reduced life expectancies.
Blight may reduce property
value, disrupt business, and decrease neighborhood livability.
Encampments or prolonged
occupation by large groups may limit access to public spaces and amenities.
Aggressive panhandling may compromise feelings of comfort and safety.