The number of people considered homeless in the Omaha metro area continues to rise. Mike Saklar is the executive director of the Sienna-Francis House in Omaha and says they continue to see a steady increase in the number of people seeking services.
Saklar says they saw a 7.3% increase in the number of homeless people seeking help and 58% of those served were homeless for the first time. The number of children served jumped 42-percent, from 182 in 2011 to 260 last year.
Saklar says they were able to find permanent places to live for the 367 homeless households.