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PACEM Releases 2014 Shelter Trends

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It was a rough winter - especially for those without a roof over their head. Now, People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM) is releasing numbers and trends for its 10th season.

There are some good and bad numbers - but new money is on the way from the state to provide some help.

Since last year, the number of women at the shelter has gone down. There were also 25 fewer chronically homeless people this season. But the number of veterans, reports of mental health, and domestic violence problems went up.

PACEM says it's not sure if people are just more willing to report, or if the problem is actually growing. PACEM says overall, it was able to help a lot of people during this long winter.

"We try to stay open the 22 weeks of the year that are most cold and most prone to snow and I really think we made a difference in the community this year in that we sheltered a lot of people when it was really cold outside and the risk of freezing to death was at probably the greatest part,” said Jesse Boeckermann of PACEM.

PACEM and other organizations will receive funding starting July 1. That funding will go toward programs like rapid re-housing.

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