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.