Local shelter sees record number of homeless children

St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter at 120 West Apple Street in Dayton (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)
St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter at 120 West Apple Street in Dayton (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This time of year St. Vincent De Paul typically sees about 60 children a night, this year they are seeing a 100.

St. Vincent’s is troubled because they don’t know why they are seeing the increase.

They say last September wasn’t this bad and the age group they are seeing the most of are 11 and 12-year-olds, and kids under six.

The organization says eight times in September they took in a hundred kids a night.

The Executive Director, David Bohardt tells 2 NEWS the record number is impacting the facility and staff. However, he isn’t sure of an exact cause as to why the numbers are climbing. He believes it’s due to a number of factors like the heroin epidemic, mental health issues and the economy.

Currently, Bohardt says they need all the help they can get from the community and he’s also worried the number will climb with Winter around the corner.

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