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Advocates Worry Budget Cuts Add To Homeless Risk

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The slumping economy has advocates for the homeless concerned the problem may intensity, and put a further strain on the state budget.

Linda Wood-Boyle, executive director of the nonprofit Homestart, says demand for her services are on the rise.

"Before in our prevention program we would see 1,500 to maybe 2,000 calls a year," she said. "That's up — over 3,000 at this point in calendar 2011."

Wood-Boyle says it costs the state $30,000 to keep a homeless family in a temporary shelter, but only $1,200 if that family is placed in permanent housing.

"So it just makes economic sense, nevermind sort of the moral imperative around keeping a family housed, the kids in their schools, with their neighborhoods and their friends," Wood-Boyle said.

Homestart helps homeless individuals and families find permanent housing and provides support services to help keep them there.

This program aired on December 28, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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