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Pueblo homeless services sees spike in clients

More than doubling last year's numbers
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Posted at 11:00 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 01:00:35-04

PUEBLO — Pueblo Cooperative Care has released new data showing just how vital it is for the homeless population. According to the nonprofit organization, they've seen a 125% increase in new clients over the first half of 2019 compared to the year prior. They've also observed an 88% increase in general requests for service.

PCC's executive director says the rising costs of food and other goods, new people becoming homeless, and the current transient population are all contributing factors.

"we are not seeing the income levels able to sustain what the costs are for day to day living," says Corry Higbee. "So, we are seeing a big increase proportional to that when you throw in the homelessness issue that compounds itself because people have lost their homes."

They say anyone interested in getting involved in helping the homeless in Pueblo should stop by their downtown location. Pueblo Cooperative Care's address is 326 W 8th St, Pueblo, CO 81003.