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The numbers of homelessness are up in Central Oregon. Wednesday, the Homeless Leadership Coalition released the numbers from a one day count taken January 27th.   On that day, 2200 individuals stated they were homeless. “But the numbers that hit hard for me this year when I took a look at the data in front of me is that we nearly hit 50% for the number of kids that are homeless in our region.” Rachel Baker is a staff attorney for Legal Aid. She says that is the highest it's ever been.    Baker was disappointed that number of disabled and elderly homeless continue to be high.  One out of five homless families are living in cars or tents which is also a significant increase over last year because they can't afford rent.   The number of homeless veterans is also up. Last year it was around 80, this year it was more than a hundred.   Service providers say they need to find new ways to work together and find resources. The amount of money available for housing assistance has decreased.

 

 

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