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(MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX) – Montgomery County usually hits the headlines for the number of new jobs, houses and general economic growth.

In the shadows of all that prosperity, more homelessness than ever before.

The face of homelessness in Montgomery County is a white, educated person who used to have a job.

Nancy Heintz interviewed many of the people whose plight became the backbone of a new report published by the Texas Homeless Network.

“Even in The Woodlands area, there are people living in the woods,” Heintz said. “There may be people who have set up housekeeping in those woods.”

One in four homeless persons have children and no regular place to live.

Heintz said a homeless person has been, on average, without a regular paycheck in over a year.

There’s hope for additional services coming to Montgomery County next year.

Heintz is planning to use new grant funds to implement life skill and computer training for the homeless when the Mongtomery County Homeless Coalition moves into a larger building in the fall of 2015.

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