The number of homeless women and children in three southeastern North Carolina counties helped spur an increase in the homeless population in the region.
The Associated Press reports that between 2008 and 2009,
the homeless population for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender
counties jumped 51 percent to 630 people. That's according to the
N.C. Point in Time Count.
In 2008, 416 people were considered homeless, meaning they are
living in emergency shelters, transitional housing or outdoors. Of
the 630 homeless this year, 118 are considered chronically
Among the three counties, homeless women and children drove the
increases in the last year as the number of women nearly tripled to
122. The number of children almost doubled to 134, and households
with dependant children grew fivefold to 150.
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