Homelessness on the Rise


By Rochelle Dean


It's may be something you think of on a daily basis, until it hits home. For thousands of people through out the state that's the problem, they do not have one.

Homelessness is rising and some state organizations say they're paying attention to the numbers of people who are living on the street. Many of them because of unfortunate circumstances, others officials tell ABC Columbia News is due to mental illness.

The Executive Director of Mirci, Julie Anne Avin says the groups goal is to help the mentally ill find affordable housing, says the same type of program could help other residents who are not suffering from any mental disabilities.

According to Avin, many people are living out of their cars, camping out in sleeping bags and even parking garages. According to new findings released today 27 percent of the homeless population are families, 18 percent of them are 18 and younger and a startling 31 percent are finding themselves without a place to call home for the first time.

Right now, there are no known solutions to the growing problem, however Columbia City Council has been trying to tackle the issue with a new program called Columbia Cares. Council is expected to take up the issue during an upcoming council meeting. A date and time has not yet been set.

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