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Homeless Veteran Numbers Rise In Jackson County


There are many anecdotes about homeless people, but not so many firm figures.  It's just hard to count people who do not live in one place all the time, especially when the people sleep out of doors. 

But the point-in-time (PIT) homeless count attempts to track homeless people in Oregon every other January. 

The numbers are out for this year; they show Jackson County with one of the higher populations of homeless veterans in Oregon. 

Access, Inc. led the point-in-time study this year.  George Jarvis, who tracks the numbers at Access joins us, along with Rose Bradshaw, who heads the Veteran Family Program. 

And we hear from Ariel Nelson at the state of Oregon as well. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.