Homeless Numbers Dip In City, County

But Need Not Going Away, Officials Say

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Posted: December 3, 2013

Zach Blasdell (left) 14, of Grand Junction, Colo., gets algebra help from James Madison University graduate student and Mercy House volunteer David Powell last week at the homeless shelter’s after-school program. According to recent reports, state and national homeless figures have seen a gradual decline in recent years. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Tamara Corum tries to get a library iPod to play a recorded book so she can follow along at the Mercy House’s after-school program last week. Eighteen families sit on a waiting list hoping for a chance to occupy one of the homeless shelter’s 12 apartments.
HARRISONBURG — The Monday afternoon before Thanksgiving was atypical for the after-school hours at Mercy House because almost all the James Madison University students who volunteer their time...

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