Family copes with being homeless in Sweet Home

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SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) -- It's been one month since former Sweet Home City Council member Laurie Osborne moved with her two children into the Hope Center homeless shelter.

"Making a thing" of whatever circumstances they face has been the family's method of operating.

This is the third Thanksgiving Osborne has marked as a single mom, and at least the second without a job that will adequately cover the family's financial needs.

Nationally, jobless rates are down somewhat and the economy, albeit weak, is picking up speed. In Oregon, where the latest state revenue forecast just dropped another $107 million, rural areas like Sweet Home continue to struggle.

The Democrat-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/vYI2Q3 ) about 17 percent of families in Sweet Home have an income below the federal poverty rate.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com