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EDITORIAL: Working together, we can find ways to help homeless

Any doubt that Malhuer County has a crisis involving the homeless was dispelled last week. But the information and questions at the Town Hall on Homelessness also showed there is hope. Now, it’s up to all of us to pitch in to help.

Local experts pulled back the curtain for the community last week to tell about homelessness, as they appeared on a panel put together by the Malheur Enterprise.

Numbers tell one story. The number of those identified as homeless doubled in this year’s county over last year. About 36% of children in Malheur County live in impoverished households. Even Treasure Valley Community College reported there are homeless students, attending class by day, living in cars by night.

The experts were honest with the audience. They acknowledged there are some in the homeless population who chose that lifestyle . . .