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Homeless population rising in northern Idaho

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - A five-day survey of homeless people in northern Idaho shows the homeless population is growing.
     
The 2010 Point in Time Count found a 40 percent increase in homeless residents of Kootenai County since last year, as well as a 265 percent jump in the number of chronically homeless.
     
St. Vincent de Paul administered the count for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Matt Hutchinson with St. Vincent de Paul told The Coeur d'Alene Press the growth was much greater than he expected.
     
The survey didn't include the number of homeless people in shelters. Those numbers will be added later this year by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association.

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