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Officials Share Stats From Cache Valley's Worsening Homelessness Crisis

Homelessness continues to rise in Cache Valley as housing becomes difficult to find and more people are entering the assistance system with nowhere else to go.

“We are seeing a longer than anticipated shelter stay for a lot of our families,” said Louise Speth, a representative for CAPSA during a Tuesday meeting of the Local Homeless Coordinating Council. “Housing is very, very tight, even with the great support and advocacy that goes on from BRAG and CAPSA. Landlords who want to help just don’t have the units.”

 

According to the Bear River Association of Governments, 16.5% of households earn less than $25,000 annually and 24.5% of households pay more than 30% of their income on housing costs. Homelessness in the Bear River region — which is composed of Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties — is rising as the area faces significant growth. Read the rest of the story on HJnews.com.

 

This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.