- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Volunteers across the state are conducting a survey of the homeless in winter to fill out the picture of homelessness in Arizona.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://goo.gl/pfngZo) that the count is being conducted nationwide and is meant to secure required federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight the problem.

HUD requires states to complete a “point-in-time” count during the winter months in order to determine allocation of funds to states to be distributed by the states’ departments of housing.=

For Arizona, funds are broken into three areas - Maricopa County, Pima County and the “Balance of State,” which includes rural counties like Coconino County.

The funding supports a variety of programs for the homeless, including housing, outreach, job training and more.



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