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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 13, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The number of homeless Americans has been going down, but the recession and housing crisis could change that.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness released numbers today that show a 10-percent decrease in homelessness in the nation. In Georgia, there's been a drop of 28-percent over the last two years. Members of the Regional Development Commission think Albany's homeless numbers are under-reported. They're trying to get a more accurate count this year because it affects the amount of financial assistance the region receives.

"That's our goal, that's our objective, to really understand the problem and then make a case for funding programs facilities anything of that nature that could help persons who are experiencing a crisis," said Lauren Miller, Southwest Georgia Regional Development Center.

Dougherty and surrounding counties will hold a homeless count between January 26th and 30th. Volunteers who want to help should attend one of two workshops tonight at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at 230 South Jackson Street.  For more information you can contact  Ms. Thelma Watson at (229) 483-7650 and Lauren Miller at (229)522-3552. 

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