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W.Va. gov revives council to tackle homelessness

November 28, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state council has been tasked with developing and implementing a plan to end homelessness in West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an executive order Wednesday reviving the Interagency Council on Homelessness. The order transfers the council from the Office of Economic Opportunity to a bureau within the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Tomblin says in a news release that ending homelessness requires a collaboration among state agencies, local governments, the private sector and service provider networks.

Tomblin says a recent study shows there are 3,000 homeless people in West Virginia on any given day.

Former Gov. Joe Manchin created the council in 2007. The Charleston Gazette ( ) reports that the council had been inactive for several years.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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