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May 5, 2013, 3:01 p.m. ET

NY counties struggle with homeless sex offenders

"UTICA, N.Y. — Since state and local laws about where they can live were tightened around a decade ago, sex offenders have become more likely to end up homeless.

That's caused problems for counties across the state, because they are required by law to find housing for anyone who needs shelter within their borders.

Different counties have cobbled together different strategies to deal with the thorny issue, but officials and homeless advocates from several counties said there is no easy answer.

"I don't know what the solution is," said Greta Guarton of the advocacy group Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. "We, of course, think everyone needs a place to live, but certainly understand the community's concerns."" 

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Sex offender housing issue continues in Utica

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