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New Homeless Numbers for Yakima County Show Shift Toward Lower Valley

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YAKIMA, Wash. - A new report out Tuesday says the number of homeless in Yakima County went up from last year and shifted toward the Lower Valley. 

The Department of Human Services presented its annual report to the County Commissioners in the morning.  They say the top need for the homeless right now is help paying the rent. 

Tim Sullivan is with the department and presented the report to the board.  He says the challenge of paying rent is where the community can step in to help.

"We need to do some more outreach efforts to try to find these individuals and try to get them into services that provide some housing and some ways so that they can build up their economic status," he said. 

The department also says homelessness is always an issue no matter what the weather is like and that the numbers don't change from season to season.

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