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Homelessness in community poses lots of questions, no easy answers


March 7, 2018

MARGIE COULTER holds a foam mat she intends to give to a homeless man to make him more comfortable when he's sleeping in a tent in the Foster area.

Homelessness remains an issue throughout the Sweet Home area.

During the summer, national forestland is crowded with homeless campers. The School District continues to have one of the highest homeless rates among larger districts around the state. Sweet Home Emergency Ministries reports a growing number of homeless.

Based on 2016-17 data, Sweet Home had 237 homeless students. That figure includes those who may be couch surfing, multiple families sharing a single housing unit and students who are sleeping in cars, tents or on the streets.

Of those students, eight were considered "unshelte...

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