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More people seeking emergency food, housing aid

More people seeking emergency food, housing aid



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors says requests for emergency food and housing in Salt Lake City increased significantly this year compared to last year.

The increases in requests for emergency food were up by 8 percent in Salt Lake City compared to last year.

The 2008 Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness says most of the first-time users are working families displaced by job loss or housing troubles.

Requests for emergency shelter and housing in Salt Lake were also up by 16 percent compared to 2007. Homeless advocates say families are becoming homeless in droves at a pace not seen in years. Many who aren't reporting to shelters are staying with friends or family or living in motels until they can no longer afford it.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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