National Homelessness Report Singles out Texas for "doubling up"

POSTED: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 2:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

WACO -- Homeless numbers have gone up significantly since the recession, and this year isn't any different in McLennan County.

According to a report by The National Alliance to End Homelessness, it's up 16 percent in Texas. One Waco shelter says they see nearly 30 newly homeless people a week.

Another alarming find is the number of families doubling up, moving in with family or friends, said Mission Waco Social Services Director, Jarrod Clark, because it can be a pre-cursor to homelessness.

 "Now, with the economy as it's been, there's been a lot of people who have been couch surfing, and it's forced people to come to our shelters. We've seen an increase and influx of a population that has never been homeless before in this context of being at the shelter," Clark told Fox 44.

Clark says it's a serious problem in Central Texas and says some ways to help the problem are more affordable housing, more jobs, training and mentoring.

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