A local nonprofit will take over the responsibility of providing health care for Maricopa County’s homeless population in January.

Circle the City will receive nearly $3 million in federal funding that previously went to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Sister Adele O’Sullivan founded Circle The City and says the organization expects to serve 10,000 people next year.

“Almost always there is some medical issue, whether it’s care of chronic disease, care of an acute illness, health maintenance, and then in addition to that we have a high prevalence of mental illness as well as substance use disorders,” O’Sullivan said.

The organization currently serves about 4,000 people annually. CEO Brandon Clark said the group will need to hire up to 60 clinicians.

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