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Homeless service asks tick up in Clallam

June 17th, 2014 - 5:36am

(Port Angeles) -- Tomorrow, the annual planning forum on ending homelessness in Clallam County will take place, and not all the news is good.

Although there have been some reductions in homelessness overall, specific categories that include families, are showing a slight increase.

Kathy Wahto is the Executive Director of Serenity House. She told Clallam County commissioners yesterday there have been some upticks in some of the stats in those considered homeless or at risk of becoming homeless locally.

She says the extended economic recession is one of the main causes of a spike in the number of people seeking assistance.

Since last year at this time, Clallam County has seen a sharp rise in the use of homeless shelters.

Wahto says that detailed record keeping and planning are helping to make an impact on homelessness within the County. Coordinators use a database to keep track of people and the circumstances that contributed to their homelessness, available housing, and the various sources of financial resources used to assist the homeless. Wednesday's Forum is organized by the Shelter Providers Network of Clallam County and is free and open to the public. It runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles.

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