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Iowa Seeing More Homeless

July 15, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa - A new study backs up what homeless shelters statewide have been reporting; a big jump in homelessness in the last year. The report, produced by the Iowa Institute for Community Alliances, finds there were over 23,000 homeless people in the state and over 15,000 classified as at-risk to become homeless.

Ken Dohmen, the operations manager at Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, says the situation has not changed in 2010.

"Usually in the summertime we have empty beds, but this summer we're not having empty beds. Our beds are completely filled and we're putting people in chairs."

Dohmen blames the economic downturn and the lack of an extension of unemployment benefits for the increased numbers this summer.

"What I'm seeing is a lot of people that used to have a job that are now unemployed and their benefits have run out and they are coming to stay at the shelter."

According to the report, homeless people were found in every county in the state, and the increase is noticed in more families and women needing help.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA