New homeless stats don't tell the whole story, advocates say

06/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The number of homeless men, women and children in Hillsborough County has remained steady during the past two years.

According to the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, 9,566 people were counted by 200 volunteers spread out among Hillsborough County this past February. The count comes two years after the 2007 count, which reported 9,532 homeless people in the county.

The homeless count is required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be completed by communities at least every two years

Rayme Knuckles is the CEO of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. He said that even though the raw numbers haven’t changed significantly in the past two years, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more homeless in Hillsborough County.

Among the statistics in today’s report is that 10 percent of the homeless in Hillsborough are children, 17 percent are veterans, and 25 percent are employed.

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