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Chippewa County homeless numbers rise for 3rd straight month

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Chippewa County (WQOW) - For the third month in a row, the rate of homelessness in Chippewa County has risen to the highest number yet in 2020.

In July, at least 181 people in Chippewa County sought homelessness services, an increase of five people since June.

Officials say the financial impacts of the coronavirus have made it hard for many people in the community to afford a place to live.

"We're seeing a lot of folks getting eviction notices, calling our office, calling the CDC Outreach Office. You know [they] got behind on their rent with the coronavirus and haven't been able to catch up and now we're seeing quite a bit of evictions because of that," said Jessica Oleson-Bue, executive director of the Chippewa County House Authority.

The housing authority has also seen an increase in requests for motel vouchers among the community but Oleson-Bue said the funding for them has depleted quickly.

Several Chippewa County agencies including the housing authority and the Chippewa County Outreach Office have developed the Central Point of Intake Action team to help provide assistance and spread awareness about the issue.

If you are in need of assistance, you can find an application here.