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Annual count of homeless population in Maricopa County canceled due to pandemic

Posted at 6:14 AM, Jan 05, 2021

PHOENIX — Agencies helping the homeless in Arizona's largest county say the annual count of people living on the streets has been canceled this year because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care includes shelters and other services for homeless people. It says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allowed it to opt out of the January 2021 count.

The Maricopa Association of Governments last week announced it canceled the outdoors count and face to face interviews amid a surge in reported COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

Last year's effort counted 3,767 homeless people in Maricopa County.