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Homelessness increases in Terrebonne

3 years 4 months 5 hours ago May 27, 2013 May 27, 2013 Monday, May 27 2013 May 27, 2013 7:50 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

HOUMA - The number of homeless people in Terrebonne Parish is on the rise as services statewide continue to dwindle, a survey indicates.

The Courier reports that a February count shows 78 adults and 34 children in Terrebonne were either in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the streets.

This year's Point-in-Time count, which records the number of homeless people at a certain time, is 16 times higher than last year's. The count was conducted by Houma's Start Corp. and Gulf Coast Services with help from volunteers.

However, Brooke Guidry, operations director for Start Corp., says the number of homeless people may be understated because of differences in the way the count was done in earlier years.

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