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McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – The bad economy is taking its toll in some unexpected places.

Collin County has seen a sharp increase in the number of people needing food stamps, and in the number of people who are now homeless.

Carole Mendelson with the Collin County Homeless Coalition has seen a 106 percent increase in the homeless population county-wide

KRLD’s Emily Trube Reports: [audio]

Mendelson says that most of the people are what they call ‘hidden’ homeless – families who have lost their homes and are now living in motels.  She says there are also a large number of young people – teenagers – who have been passed around to relatives and now have no place to call home.

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