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NEWORLEANS - On Friday afternoon a special ceremony will officially open a new housing center designed for those who are disabled and have been homeless. It will also be aimed at preventing homelessness for those who are working and barely making ends meet.

Half of the 60 apartments will be dedicated to each group.

UNITY, the umbrella agency for 60 groups working to end homelessness, conducted a survey of the homeless in New Orleans in January, and it showed that there are nearly 5,000 homeless people in New Orleans in 2012. The number had more than doubled since before Hurricane Katrina.

The group has been working to help end homelessness, especially for those with disabilities, by using federal grants for 'permanent supportive housing.'

A place to live and services, such as case management to help a participant stay self-sufficient, will be funded by UNITYfor those with serious disabilities.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rosa Keller Apartments, the first mixed income housing designed for disabled people who had been homeless and those who have been low wage earners, will be conducted by UNITY on Friday.

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