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Kalispell's United Way is seeing more families going without a permanent place to stay than every before.

More than 350 people filled out the housing status survey that's meant for people who struggle with homelessness.

They collected a new statistic this year: how many people staying in temporary lodging declined to take the survey. They got almost 180 no's.

United Way Director Sherry Stevens said they surveyed more people out on the streets this time around, getting the questions answered from people staying behind buildings and under bridges.

"[Homelessness] has increased and the area we're seeing more of that is with families with children and teens," said Stevens.

Included in this survey are teenaged students at Kalispell and Evergreen schools. A special surveyor spoke one-on-one with more than 40 of these kids.

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