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Homeless Numbers Decrease But Problem Remains

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YAKIMA, WA. -- At the beginning of last month, Councilman Bill Lover requested that a study be done on the homeless population in the area and the survey results are back.

As it turns out, the number of homeless in the City of Yakima is down by more than 60 people. The survey found 632 people who were homeless in Yakima but admitted that the number is not totally accurate and could be much more. The survey also noted that nearly one-third of those identified as homeless were under the age of 18. One Yakima resident said that homeless people are not getting the help they need.

"There's a big homeless population and I've heard from some of the homeless people themselves that they have some trouble with law enforcement trying to move them out of the area," Sonya Starr said.

A few homeless people talked to NBC Right Now today and they say the problem is people in their condition are shunned from society and mischaracterized as lazy. One woman said she works as hard as she can but there are just not enough services to help the homeless.

Watch NBC Right Now this week as we will bring you all of the results from that study session on Tuesday.