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Survey: Number of homeless in Vt. increasing

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The number of homeless people in Vermont is on the rise.

A one-day count from January estimates there are 1,556 homeless people in the state. That number is up 9 percent from last year.

The count is required by the National Department of Housing and Urban Development. It involves a number of social service agencies across Vermont counting up their clients and hitting the streets to find additional homeless.

"I think the ongoing concern is if this population is getting bigger, what are we doing to address that? As funding gets tighter for all sorts of resources and the economy continues to struggle, it makes sense that more people are becoming homeless, but we have less to serve them," said Erin Ahearn of Safe Harbor Health Center.

Ahearn says children make up one in four of the state's overall homeless population.

She says the new numbers will help groups like hers assess the services they offer and what changes they might need to make.

Click here for the Vermont 2014 Point-in-Time Annual Statewide Count of Homelessness.

Click here for the State of Vermont Point in Time Homeless Survey - Statewide Summary: January 28, 2014.

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