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- Mark, who is blind and homeless, leans on his cane in front of his camp on COID property east of Redmond in 2018.
The HLC also counted 11 unsheltered, unaccompanied children under the age of 18, a number that has been rising since 2015, according to the HLC.
The number of unsheltered veterans rose this year, up to 49 from 36, but less than the high of 57 in 2017. On the bright side, the number of all unsheltered youth between the ages of 18 to 24 went down this year by 20 percent, as did the number of unaccompanied, unsheltered youth in the same age bracket—going down by 31 percent.
The HLC wrote in a press release the primary reason reported by homeless people was due to economic causes and effects.
Additional information from the HUD surveys about homelessness will be released in the coming weeks, according to the HLC.
To see the full report, go to the Homeless Leadership Coalition website.