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Maricopa County Overflow Homeless Shelter Gets Much Needed Funding Infusion

An overflow homeless shelter in Phoenix just got a $95,000 cash infusion. The funding will help the facility stay open through February.

The overflow shelter at the Human Services Department in downtown Phoenix was set to run out of funding and shut down in October. The additional money was approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

Bruce Liggett, the director of the county’s Human Services Department, said while the funding will extend the life of the shelter, their capacity will be limited to just 250 clients a night.

"There is a need for shelter but the real solution is housing for homeless," he said. "Permanent housing with support services. That’s the real solution. So shelters should be temporary situations."

In addition to the county money, the facility will also receive $180,000 from the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Arizona Department of Housing and Economic Security.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.