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More Iowans becoming homeless

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Waterloo (KWWL) - Iowans are losing their jobs, and in turn their homes.

In a report by the Mortgage Bankers Association, 1 in 10 home mortgages ended in foreclosure, or was considered delinquent. Foreclosed homes and last spring's floods are adding to the number of Iowans without a place to stay.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that almost 3,000 Iowans are homeless. If the recession continues, the group projects that another 1.5 people could be put on the streets by 2010.

Eastern Iowa shelter coordinators say having a warm place to stay this time of year is especially vital for those less fortunate. Shelter House of Iowa City has been dealing with space shortages by working with area churches.

They take in as many as 160 people every night when the main facilities fill up. Linn County is also seeing a rise in need. They had more than 4,500 homeless cases last year, up nearly 300.

They also say the June flood and poor economy are contributing factors.

 

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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