The Brattleboro Reformer reports that "for the past six years, Brattleboro Area Drop In Center Director Melinda Bussino has been meeting with area social service staff every week to compare notes on the homeless population in Windham County." This group has found that "the number of homeless have been rising in the past few years." In addition, Bussino believes that "the price of fuel is only going to make it more difficult for those who are barely holding on to their places of residence to continue meeting their monthly bills." Bussino added, "I think we are in for a rough spell. The people who are least able to pay for their heat are going to be hit the hardest."