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“Think of this as 34 new homeless individuals and families in the county every day,” Johnson said in a statement.
The count, done by the Santa Cruz-based research team Applied Survey Research, found that nearly 13,000 people in the county have been homeless at one point over the past year, including 33 percent of people who said that job loss was the primary reason that they were homeless.
Numbers from COTS confirm this alarming trend, according to Johnson. COTS reported that 39 percent of the people seeking shelter, food and other crucial services are homeless for the first time. In addition, 53 people and more than 20 families are waiting to get into COTS right now.
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