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Christmas Lights Mark Change in Weather, and Struggle for Lawrence Homeless Population

Housing, or the lack thereof, is a real concern for the homeless as the weather turns colder.

The Christmas lights are up on Mass Street but for Lawrence’s steadily increasing homeless population the holidays are not so jolly.

From 2013 to 2015, Douglas County saw over a 50 percent increase in homeless adults and a 10 percent increase in homeless children. Lawrence boasts some of the state’s most lax ordinances in regards to the homeless, last altered almost 10 years ago.

A study conducted by the University found a vast majority of Lawrence’s homeless were not from Lawrence originally. Instead, coming to seek employment or to be with family and friends.

The Lawrence Community Shelter is open 24/7 and can accommodate up to 125 individuals at a time. They are always looking for donations on this list. The Lawrence Community Shelter is one place the homeless can turn to…

Next week KUJH Reporter Ellis Wiltsey will give us a closer look at the shelter and all that they do.

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