Counting the homeless in Flagstaff – The Arizona Daily Sun

“On the street.”

“Under a bridge.”

“Camping outside.”

“Emergency shelter.”

These are some of the answers given by people experiencing homelessness in Flagstaff during a count conducted by local social service agencies volunteers last summer. The numbers give the city, county and social service agencies the information they need to fight homelessness in Coconino County.

For the past week, volunteers in Coconino County and across the state have been at it again, conducting a homeless count in winter to fill out the picture of homelessness in the county and the state, and to secure required federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight the problem. The count is being conducted nationwide.

“It’s the number one survey tool around collecting data on what people are going through in a community,” said Ross Altenbaugh, director of Flagstaff Shelter Services, who is part of a committee for the state spearheading the count.

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