the Zone

Sep 20, 2023

Court orders Phoenix to finish clearing homeless encampment

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered the City of Phoenix today to clean out the entirety of the downtown homeless camp, “the Zone,” by Nov. 4 and keep the area free of tents, biohazardous materials and crime going forward.  

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Sep 4, 2023

Organizations advocating for homeless residents’ rights drop lawsuit aimed at preventing ‘sweeps’

Three organizations advocating for rights for the homeless have quietly dropped their lawsuit to prevent "sweeps'' of encampments by the city of Tucson.

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Aug 30, 2023

Scottsdale will no longer house people from ‘The Zone’ with hotel housing program 

The City of Scottsdale is walking back a provision that would have sheltered people residing in a large homeless encampment in Phoenix after a Republican lawmaker’s intervention.  

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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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Jul 11, 2023

Judge must decide timeline for Phoenix to clear out homeless camp

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is now tasked with deciding the timeline for the city of Phoenix to clear out the 800 or so people living in the homeless camp, “the Zone.”

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Jul 10, 2023

Attorneys for property owners in ‘the Zone’ ask for firm deadline for clearing out homeless residents

Attorneys for property owners in “the Zone” asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to set a firm deadline for the city of Phoenix to clear out the homeless population from the area, while the city asked the judge to allow the Office of Homeless Solutions to proceed at its own pace. 

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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.” 

May 27, 2023

Phoenix faces dueling lawsuits over homeless crisis as advocates scramble for more shelter

Phoenix is facing dueling lawsuits as it tries to manage a crisis of homelessness that has converted its downtown into a tent city housing hundreds of people as summer temperatures soar.

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May 19, 2023

White House vows more federal aid to reduce homelessness in 5 cities and California

Five major U.S. cities, including Phoenix, and the state of California will receive federal help to get unsheltered residents into permanent housing under a new plan launched Thursday as part of the Biden administration's larger goal to reduce homelessness 25% by 2025.

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May 1, 2023

City of Phoenix to appeal ruling compelling it to clear out homeless encampment

The City of Phoenix filed notice it would be appealing a ruling compelling the city to clear out the homeless encampment known as “the Zone” by July and filed a motion to stay the ruling amid the appeal.

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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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Feb 21, 2023

Phoenix urged to pass ordinance prohibiting discrimination against some renters

Residents who have struggled with high rent in America’s fifth-largest city are calling on city officials to address discrimination against renters who receive public assistance. Carla Naranjo, a coordinator with the nonprofit Unemployed Workers United, is urging the Phoenix City Council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from rejecting renters who rely on Section 8 housing vouch[...]