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Report: Oklahoma sees increase in homeless families

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 12:32:06-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal report shows that Oklahoma has seen an increase in homelessness for the second year in a row, particularly in families with children.

The Oklahoman reports that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress was released Thursday.

The report tallied nearly 4,200 homeless people on a single night in January, with a nearly 24 percent increase in homeless families with children compared to the previous year.

Dan Straughan is executive director of the nonprofit Homeless Alliance. He says the increase is spurred by a lack of affordable housing and federal funds.

The report says that despite the overall increase, the state has seen improvements in housing homeless veterans and chronically homeless people.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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