- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - As the oil industry continues to struggle, officials in Carlsbad say homelessness in the city is on the rise.

The Current-Argus reports (https://bit.ly/24x2BCQ ) that southeast New Mexico has long been a hotbed of activity when oil prices are high, but with oil dropping below $30 per barrel in January, residents of the region have fallen on hard times.

The Carlsbad Transitional Housing and Homeless Shelter estimates 170 homeless adults live in the city, based on a point-in-time survey. Carlsbad Municipal Schools found 240 children with temporary housing addresses.

To help combat the rise homelessness, the City Council has voted to con tribute $310,000 to upcoming affordable housing projects.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, https://www.currentargus.com/

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