Are homelessness, and affordable housing in Arizona connected? Housing in the Phoenix area has become hard to afford. However, it's often the institutional barriers that keep people homeless. UnSheltered and UnAffordable podcasts explore the obstacles that can make surviving and thriving in the Valley a challenge.
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UnSheltered: Don't Stay Too Long
Hundreds of unhoused people used to live in tents on the Salt River near Tempe Town Lake. But in August, Tempe made the riverbed a no-trespassing zone. In a city that doesn’t have a purpose-built shelter, where did the people living in the riverbed go? And what mechanisms are in place to help them? This episode is about options for emergency shelter in Tempe, and how city government and non profits have been working to help.