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12:32 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Homeless Rate Up in Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa homeless count shows 8.5 percent increase

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An annual count shows there is an all-time high in the number of homeless people in Oklahoma's second-largest city.

The Point in Time survey done by the Tulsa City-County Continuum of Care on Jan. 26 found 639 people in shelters or on the streets. That's an 8.5 percent increase over the 2009 survey.

The survey is taken each January. It indicated 124 children younger than 18 living in a shelter or living facility, which is 42 percent more than five years ago.

Keith Anderson, the information services manager for the Community Service Council, says the poor economy is a key reason the number of homeless increased in Tulsa.

A similar survey done in Oklahoma City in late January indicated a 25 percent decrease in homeless from last year.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com