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Student News for Horizon Honors Secondary School

The Horizon Sun

Student News for Horizon Honors Secondary School

The Horizon Sun

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Arizona Homeless Problem

Homelessness in Arizona has been on a steady, noticeable rise.
A neighborhood in Phoenix that has been overrun by homelessness and poverty.
A neighborhood in Phoenix that has been overrun by homelessness and poverty.

Many cities in the United States and across the world experience homelessness and poverty. In America, big cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are always in the news for a new homeless statistic or increase in poverty. However, less populated cities and states also experience immense amounts of homelessness. Phoenix and the city’s in its metropolitan area have experienced a rise in homelessness that has been noticed by residents and tourists alike. 


Arizona’s homeless population has been growing faster than much of the nation, and Phoenix is being forced to house the homeless. According to, there are about 13,500 homeless people across the state, which is a 25 percent increase since 2020, and a 62 percent increase since 2012. Phoenix alone has over 9,000 homeless on its streets, and Tucson has over 2000 homeless residing in its city limits. Despite Arizona’s harsh summers, the state still manages to have one of the largest populations of people experiencing homelessness in the nation. U.S. News states that Arizona has the seventh highest population of homeless people in the nation. Arizona’s homeless population is comparable to that of Pennsylvania (12,600 homeless) and Massachusetts (15,500 homeless).


Every homeless person has their own reason for having to live on the streets. Some people may be homeless due to lack of money, and others may be homeless because of an addiction to drugs or alcohol. According to AZCentral, the largest contributor to homelessness in the state is the high housing and rental costs the metro area has seen in recent years. Low income families are being forced to move on to the dangerous streets to avoid debt. Drug and mental health issues are also plaguing low income residents, which is hindering their ability to work, which leads to homelessness. Once homeless, many never get back to a normal life, since the drug and alcohol problems on the streets are so bad and nothing is being done to resolve the issues.


Homeless people have also found their way into public places that are meant for families and nature-enjoyers alike. According to the National Parks and Recreation Association, homelessness in public parks has skyrocketed across all 50 states, including Arizona. The homeless use both public parks as encampments because of the open space they possess. The homeless also don’t have to worry as much about being kicked out, since most parks are public property. Local authorities don’t put in all the effort to remove homeless people from parks.


Many people that become homeless have a very slim chance of finding a job or finding a place to live, which is why those with the ability to help should assist the homeless. One of the best ways to assist those living in poverty is to volunteer with an organization that is helping resolve the homeless issues. The City of Phoenix has a list of organizations that are helping the homeless get off the ground. Making donations to these organizations is also a beneficial way to help. 


Homelessness is an issue that has ravaged the nation, as well as the state and its people, for a long time. There is a lot that needs to be done to resolve this rapidly growing problem.

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    Chas WeaverOct 27, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Current policies have contributed to this problem. Open border and unchecked drug flow does not help. We need more attainable jobs, street cleaners, graffiti removal ,help maintain parks. But no, let’s spend millions on a committee to study the problem.

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    BrandonOct 27, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Maybe we should hold corporations accountable for corporate greed or not allow all these businesses to buy up homes which contributes to the higher cost of housing or even rent. I work two jobs and I’m struggling and you want me to use my free time to help those in need…I barely have any free time. What about me? I’m almost 40 and I may not be homeless now but if things keep going this way I might be in the streets by the time I’m 50. Inflation is out of control and my wages aren’t even catching up. Do I have to end up in the street to even be considered for help? At a certain point these corporations should have some type of liability or responsibility to society in this day and age since alot of our current financial problems stem from their greed.

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    MichelleOct 27, 2023 at 8:50 am

    There shouldn’t be any more shelters or hotels for the homeless because they really don’t get the help because they get lied to and get threatened. They need real homes. Cbi really don’t care about nobody because if they did they would seriously help but they manipulate people and have snotty attitudes. They certainly can’t be trusted on anything and the city of phoenix won’t help them because they know cbi is really screwing up