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Number of Homeless Children in Washoe County Climbs Again

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Thousands of Nevada's youngest, most vulnerable have no place to call home.

In 2011, there were 1,800 homeless children in Washoe County.

Last winter, Sandy Isham of Volunteers of America in Nevada, came on my weekend show Face the State and told me there were about 2,400 homeless children in the county.

Now, she said that number has risen to about 3,000.

When she defines homeless, she's talking about children, who are not only sleeping on the street, but those who are staying with family or friends or somebody other than their parents.

"Individuals and families couch surf, said Isham. "In other words, they are doubling up with friends and family. Sometimes, that may have worked for a temporary period of time and then friends or family are exhausted by the process and the people need to move on."

Isham said many children are left with no option, except the street. Some who have a little bit of money, move to a weekly motel, which is still about a hundred dollars a week.

She said there are shelters downtown, but demand for a place to stay is increasing.

At the family shelter, for instance, she said they have 40 to 50 families waiting for a room at any given time.

She said they are talking to the city and county about providing more resources.

"We are looking to develop a year round overflow program, similar to our winter overflow, where we can accommodate more people and use that more or less as a feeder program to help people come in and start accessing services."

The entire interview airs this Sunday at 6:30am on Channel 2.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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