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Nat’l Homelessness Report Singles Out Texas for Doubling Up

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HOUSTON - The number of homeless Texas families has risen by 16 percent compared with the previous year, according to a new report. Ths nationwide study, issued by the National Alliance fto End Homelessness, also cites a significant jump in the number of families "doubling up," moving in with extended family or friends, according to Nan Roman, the alliance's president and chief executive officer.

"That was alarming to us because a lot of people who become homeless, especially families, come from a doubled-up situation. So it can be a precursor to homelessness." California, Florida and Nevada have the highest rates of homelessness, the report says, and Gulf Coast states saw some of the largest increases in various categories of homelessness. (contd.)  

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