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The Horizon Sun

Rutt the moose making his way North.
Minnesota Moose, Rutt, is on His Way North
Erin McGinty, Columnist • December 4, 2023

Rutt the Moose was found traveling north and social media has made it their duty to keep an eye on him....

The three students shot.
Three Palestinian Students Shot in Vermont
Jameson Kowalski, Columnist • December 4, 2023

The Israel-Hamas conflict taking place in Gaza has caused tens of thousands of deaths in a short time...

Delicious, home made gallo pinto.
Gallo Pinto Recipe
Amanda Mourelo, Editor of Student Opinion and Features and Extras • November 28, 2023

Gallo pinto is a rice dish that elevates any meal but is especially great to eat for breakfast. The dish...

Sweet potato casserole made by this recipe.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Canon Grant, Columnist • November 22, 2023

Sweet potato casserole isn’t just any old casserole; it’s full of cheer and joy. Sweet potato casserole...

Delicious bruschetta paired with homemade spaghetti.
Bruschetta Recipe
Addyson Gauer, Editor of Campus Life and Sports • November 22, 2023

Appetizers are a great way to elevate any meal, and one that stands out among the rest is bruschetta....

The finished cornbread in a bag.
Sweet Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe
Jameson Kowalski, Columnist • November 22, 2023

  Cornbread is a classic Thanksgiving dish that has been a part of many family traditions for...

Brent Faiyazs new album, Larger Than Life
Brent’s Success is Larger Than Life
Maya Zappa, Columnist • November 20, 2023

Brent Faiyaz is one of the top Rhythm and Blues (R&B) artists in the game. All over the media, he...

Weather Data Source: 30 tage Phoenix wetter

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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