Roanoke hosts summit on affordable housing and homelessness

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ROANOKE (WSLS) - Dozens of community leaders from across Virginia are in the Roanoke Valley hoping to make a difference and tackle the issue of homelessness.

This is the first ever summit on affordable housing and homelessness in this area.

Organizers say the Roanoke region is a great host because a survey shows local partnerships have helped decrease the number of people without housing.

"When we look at the point in time numbers, which is a survey we do every January, for the last three years the number has decreased from more than 500 this year to just 390," said Paula Prince, Interagency Council on Homelessness, Chair.

Prince says about three years ago local leaders got together and changed how the system operates in the Roanoke Valley to allow agencies work together more and she believes that has led to a positive change.

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