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Federal grant boosts Maricopa Co. homeless programs

The federal government has renewed a homeless grant and is sending $22.5 million to help those without a place to live in the Phoenix-area.

About 53 programs will benefit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant that Maricopa County competes for every year.

The Arizona Republic reports the number of homeless families in Maricopa County is rising.

The Maricopa Association of Governments regional council says a study of the homeless population last January shows the number of homeless families was up by more than 28 percent over the year before.

And the number of youths living on the streets of Maricopa County also went up by 30 percent.

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