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Homelessness on the Rise Across the Basin

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

They're sleeping in cars, piling in with relatives, and filling up the shelters. Officials say homelessness has become a huge problem in the Basin. It has area leaders and several organizations trying to figure out what to do.

Officials say homelessness has become a huge problem in the Basin and it has Tall City leaders and several organizations trying to figure out what to do.

In just the last year the number of families without a roof over their heads has climbed from 200 to over 300. Midland Fair Havens helps single moms get back on their feet.

During the past year they helped 400 families and the calls for help have gone up 40%.

"It's going to stretch us I think in the days to come," Linda Hamblin, Chair of the Midland Coalition for Homelessness, said. "And we do have a lot more people that are being laid off. We are anticipating that will increase."

NewsWest 9 also spoke with Odessa Links, they say their numbers are climbing as workers continue to lose their jobs. Just this year, 220 Odessans are homeless. Next week, the Midland Coalition for Homelessness, including city leaders and other agencies are meeting to figure out how to handle the escalating homeless numbers.

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