Fund for Empowerment

the Zone, Phoenix, homelessness
Oct 3, 2023

Judge denies Phoenix’s request to suspend order to clear out homeless encampment

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge denied the City of Phoenix’s request to suspend the order requiring the city to clear out the homeless camp “the Zone” by the beginning of November while the city appeals. 

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Jul 14, 2023

Judge mulls timeline for city to clear ‘the Zone’

The two-day bench trial over the homeless camp “the Zone” case concluded this week, leaving a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to decide whether to issue a permanent order mandating the city of Phoenix completely clean out the area within a set timeline.

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Jun 29, 2023

Phoenix to buy outdoor campground for homeless

The Phoenix City Council approved a proposal by the Housing Department to purchase and develop a structured outdoor campground to temporarily house people currently living in the homeless camp known as “the Zone.” 

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Mar 28, 2023

Judge orders Phoenix to clean out ‘the Zone’ homeless site

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered the City of Phoenix to clean out “the Zone” homeless encampment downtown.

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Dec 15, 2022

ACLU sues Phoenix over homeless ‘sweeps’ 

Frank Urban and Faith Kearns, who used to be unsheltered, are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Fund for Empowerment against the city of Phoenix, alleging constitutional violations and municipal liability for alleged “sweeps,” subsequent seizure of property and the use of city statutes, “criminalizing homelessness.”