Alabama counts homeless statewide in down economy

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A 47-year-old woman who became homeless in
Minnesota is included among Alabama's homeless population because
she was in a Mobile shelter when survey teams began a 24-hour count
of the homeless.

Patricia Cook says she has been homeless since September after
being evicted in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She says she became stranded
in Mobile in December when her car broke down.

Alabama's statewide count was being completed Thursday, with the
largest homeless population in Birmingham. The 2007 survey -- the
most recent figure available -- showed nearly 5,400 homeless in the

Federal officials require the "point-in-time" count of the
homeless to support requests for taxpayer money to pay for services
for the homeless.

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