Yakima Homelessness is decreasing according to a new survey
Yakima, WASH--As we learned from our recent food drive, a bad economy often hits people with low incomes the hardest. Today the Homeless Network of Yakima County released its annual count of homeless people in the Valley.
The annual "Point in Time Survey" actually shows the number of homeless people in the county dropped compared to last year. On January 28th, Members of the Homeless Network of Yakima County and other agencies and volunteers spent 24 hours interviewing people considered homeless.
They counted 1,191 men women and children without permanent homes. That's nine percent less than 2009.The survey also revealed there are more people living in shelters or with friends and family and fewer people living in cars or abandoned buildings. Even so, they still don't have permanent homes. This leaves many with the burden of where not knowing where they're going to sleep from night to night.