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HUD: Central Ohio's Homless Rate Rose Significantly This Year

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says central Ohio's homeless population rose this year by nearly seven percent to the second-highest level in more than a decade.  

Local homeless advocates blame a lack of affordable housing.  They say while Franklin County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, wages haven't risen enough to meet the cost of housing.  Franklin County's homelessness rate increased at a faster pace than that of the state and the nation. 31 percent of the county's homeless are families.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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