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Number of Homeless Children in Washoe County Growing

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According to Volunteers of America, there are more than 300 people staying at three different shelters every night in downtown Reno. That's means they are completely booked.

Sandy Isham with Volunteers of America said more than 2,400 homeless children in Washoe County and that number is expected to soar above 3,000 by the end of the school year.

I asked Isham on my weekend show Face the State, why that number is so high.

"Obviously, we've been through a tough economy. Things are turning around, but there are repercussions from a poor economy. For example, local government agencies continue to cut their budgets, so we are actually seeing more people on the street due to cutbacks and mental health budgets."

Isham said the children are homeless because parents struggle to make ends meet.

She said it's not just alcohol and drug addicts who are homeless. She said in fact, two-thirds of folks living in poverty in America actually have a job, it just doesn't pay much.

The story is no different in Washoe County.

"We often see some of our shelter residents have a job or have recently lost a job and they desperately want to be working again. Sometimes, it's just a matter of helping someone through a tough spot and they're back on their feet fairly quickly."

To watch the entire interview, tune into Face the State this weekend. It airs Saturday at 4:30am and 4pm and Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

For more information, go to http://www.voa-nv.org/

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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