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Almost 1,000 People Are Now Living in Phoenix's Exploding Tent City

•, Emma Ockerman

A homeless encampment in Phoenix near the state's largest shelter has ballooned to more than 900 people, making it one of the country's largest tent cities.

The sprawling encampment, which spans several blocks near the city's downtown, has dramatically increased from the more than 400 people living there when VICE News visited in January 2020, according to homeless services officials. In a city that can reach temperatures of over 100 degrees in the summer months, side-by-side camping tents now cram the sidewalks, some just steps away from a shelter that's been at capacity for months. The shelter, part of the 13-acre Human Services Campus, is situated near a host of other services that provide food, legal services, medical care, and more to the poor.