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Over 3,500 homeless people dwell in the metro area

August 7, 2013

About 700 families, comprised of over 3,500 people, live on the streets of the Guadalajara metropolitan area, a state official revealed this week.

“We’ve found about 700 homeless families in the metropolitan area. When there are situations like drought, their numbers certainly increase,” said Jose Manuel Regalado Quintero, the head of child protection at the Family Development Agency (DIF) in Jalisco.

According to the National Council for the Evaluation of Political and Social Development (CONEVAL), Tonala is the most poverty-stricken municipality in the metropolitan area, followed by Tlajomulco, El Salto and Tlaquepaque.

A study by the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) in June identified 726 homeless children in the municipality of Guadalajara alone. Of these, 34 percent were found in the streets of the historic city center in neighborhoods such as Analco, Obregon and San Juan de Dios, while another 18 percent lived by the railway tracks in the Ferrocarril neighborhood.

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