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Homelessness rises in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A new survey shows Parkersburg has almost twice as many homeless residents as it did a year ago.

Westbrook Health Services conducted the "Point in Time'' survey last week.

Westbrook engagement specialist Tim Baer says volunteers found more than 100 homeless people at the Latrobe Street Mission and the Salvation Army's shelter. Seven others were living outdoors.

Baer tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel (http://bit.ly/VdbgGB ) that both numbers are nearly double that of the count in January 2012.

Westbrook conducts the survey each January and July. The findings will be given to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Baer says the goal is to connect people who need services with programs that can help them.


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