Phoenix to look at homelessness, evictions, digital divide issues

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Phoenix City Council will look at the city’s homeless challenges and how to brace for potential evictions of renters stemming from the coronavirus at a policy session meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The city is looking at ways to address the growing homeless situation and how to address the impacts of COVID-19 on renters as well as the transient population.

City officials point to estimates from the National Council of State Housing Agencies that between 170,000 and 250,000 Arizona households will  be able to pay rent by January 2021. That could lead to 150,000 eviction filings and could increase the number of homeless persons.

The policy session will look at some new issues with housing and homelessness arising from the pandemic and its economic impacts.

The Phoenix City Council will also look at digital divide and challenges some households and communities face with internet connectivity. The issue has been magnified with many students and employees compelled to take classes or work at home because of COVID shutdowns. 

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