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Homeless numbers include more families

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report suggests the face of homelessness is changing.

The Housing and Urban Development Department says the number of homeless remained steady between October 2007 and September 2008. But, more families and more people from the suburbs and rural communities found themselves among their ranks.

HUD says the number of families within the about 1.6 million homeless grew by 9 percent. And officials say demand for transitional housing in the suburbs and rural areas grew from about a quarter to a third of those in need.

A scaled down count to try and capture the effects of the economic meltdown on homlessness showed a slight uptick in people entering homeless shelters from January to March.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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