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Mayor announces results of homeless report

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Many homeless live in the Santa Cruz River flood plain. Many homeless live in the Santa Cruz River flood plain.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A count of Tucson's homeless was released Friday afternoon and it dispels some of the misconceptions about homelessness in the community.

The face of homelessness is changing.

At one time, most of the people on the street may have been drug users or mentally ill, but the numbes show that's not the case now.

The report shows the number of men on the street is dropping, but the number of women and children is increasing.

Most people who are on the street or live in homeless camps are there because they lost a job and they're not transients.

The homeless count was done in January. It's required by the federal government in order to keep federal dollars flowing for homeless services.

The point in time report shows the the number of homeless has decreased, but not for families.

Since the recession in 2007-2008, families have lost homes.

The data from the report still needs to be analyzed to determine not only what is happening, but why. It's only then they will be able to set up programs to attack the problems along the Santa Cruz.

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