Every year more than 500 people in Marathon County are homeless. That means they're living in shelters or on the street. Last year, Newsline 9 introduced you to Leon. Leon was one of those 500. He was living in a tent in the woods in Wausau. Like so many, he had no idea where his next hot meal was coming from.
But now, one year later, Leon's story is different. He has a full time job and an apartment. Leon has a whole new life.
“I had the common sense to get out of the cold,” said Leon.
But, while Leon's story is one of hope, housing experts say the homelessness problem is growing.
“Communities need to one, understand it. They need to be aware of the fact that it exists. We can't just put our heads in the sand,” said Northcentral Community Action Program Executive Director Jeff Sargent.
Coming up Thursday night on Newsline 9 at 10 – we take a look at the homelessness problem in our area, what experts say should be done about it and how Leon is helping combat homelessness using his story of hope.