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Survey says homeless population in area rises

Survey says homeless population in area rises
LES HASSELL
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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 9:39am

Donald Bowen, 58, has lived in and out of homelessness for 20 years. He said the majority of the community is oblivious to the problem in East Texas.

“There are some that are and there are others that aren’t, but the majority of us are probably not really aware,” Bowen said.

Bowen, who moved to Longview in 1994, said he lost focus and ended up on the streets. For the past four months, he has been a resident of the House of Disciples, a year-long life recovery program on South Green Street in Longview.

According to the most recent Point in Time Count of the homeless population in the area, Bowen is far from alone. 

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