Council Looks for the Homeless Who 'Disappear' in the Suburbs

January 29, 2006 - Posted at 4:01 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The number of homeless people in Missouri

suburbs is growing.

That from officials like Dottie Kastigar, program coordinator

for the Community Council of St. Charles County. She says suburban

homeless people may be harder to see, but they're all around.

On Tuesday, the council holds its third homeless count for St.

Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. For one night, volunteers

search the region to find its homeless population.

The count helps determine how much federal money the tri-county

area gets to help fight homelessness. Last year Community Council

volunteers counted 376 people. Officials expect more this year.

The National Coalition of the Homeless says the rural homeless

are more likely to be white, married, female and employed.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)