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Homeless Awareness Week raises education

November 16, 2005

More than 240 adults and children were homeless in Washington County as of January, according to a resolution approved by the County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The commissioners named this week Homeless Awareness Week in an attempt to raise awareness of the issue and encourage donations to and support of agencies who work with the homeless.

"Homeless Awareness Week is to educate the public about the homeless and the shortage of affordable housing in Washington County for low income residents; and to encourage support for homeless assistance service providers as well as community service opportunities for students and school service organizations ..." according to the resolution.

A Point in Time Survey conducted on Jan. 26 found 188 adults and 54 children were homeless, according to the resolution.

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The resolution calls homelessness a "serious problem for many individuals and families ..."

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