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Volunteers, Professionals Continue Homeless Count To Gain Federal Aid

As we awoke to freezing temperatures across the state, volunteers in Tucson continue to count the homeless.

The numbers still need to be tallied and validated before they're submitted for federal aid. But Anne Scott with the Maricopa Association of Governments went out with more than 300 volunteers and professionals.

“Police officers, city officials, church groups, around the entire region to count the unsheltered homeless to get an idea of what their needs are and who they are.” Scott said.

Her group went to a central Phoenix area, and, "we interviewed approximately 30 people in that area, we saw a number of vets,” Scott said.

She said those vets were connected to immediate services. Comparing homeless trends to other states with mild climates, she says we've avoided the population explosion, thanks to local coordination.

“We’re continuing to get additional resources from HUD and the federal government, but we also have the city, the county, the state of Arizona have put a tremendous amount of resources toward funding and services,” she said.

Of course, Scott says, they always need more funds. That's what volunteers hope to prove with this week's homeless numbers once they're validated.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.