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Cayuga County officials outline growing homeless problem due to affordable housing shortage

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Cayuga County officials highlighted a significant rise in homelessness driven by the lack of affordable housing during a recent Health and Human Services committee meeting.

This week The Citizen reported that the county spent $3 million on emergency housing for 455 adults and 175 children in 2023, reflecting a sharp increase from 2020.

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The persistent housing crisis has forced many residents into longer stays in temporary housing, such as local hotels, which lack adequate security and support services. Making matters worse, rent prices are soaring in Cayuga County.

Amidst these challenges, Cayuga County supports the construction of a new homeless shelter in Auburn, although the project faces neighborhood opposition over concerns about its size and potential crime increase.