MOUNT VERNON — Unlike larger cities, the homeless problem goes almost unseen in Knox County. That makes it very difficult to put a number on the problem.
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Nonetheless, most of the organizations that deal with the homeless in Knox County feel it is a growing problem. Major Robert Bender of the local Salvation Army said it is his feeling that he is getting more calls for help than he has in the nine years he has been in Mount Vernon.
“The Mount Vernon Police and the sheriff’s office have my private phone number,” he said. “And they call me whenever they have someone who needs a place to stay. I don’t really keep an accurate count of the calls I get but it sure seems like I am getting more and more of them. Maybe one a day or five or six a week. Something like that.”
Bender said The Salvation Army is very active in finding shelter for people who do not have a place to live. They refer people to local shelters and motels.
“We are very lucky to live where we do,” Bender said referring to Knox County. “Here the different agencies talk to each other and try to help each other with these types of problems.”
The causes of homelessness are varied. Bender thinks the two biggest reasons are high rents and the economy.