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County homeless population grows

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO - The homeless come to Angie Uptmor every day for help.

Sometimes they arrive alone at the Community in Action building at 915 S.W. 3rd Ave. Sometimes they arrive with family. All seek assistance and Uptmor delivers as much as she can.

But the challenge for Uptmor, the housing program manager for Community in Action, isn’t getting any easier.

That’s because the homeless population in Malheur County jumped by more than 50 percent and the key need, housing for the displaced, isn’t available. In 2015, a one-day count by the state identified 104 homeless individuals living in Malheur County. This year, that climbed to 151.

“We have families coming in every day living in their car. We work as hard as we can to find them somewhere to live but in the meantime, there is nowhere . . .