HUD claims decline in homeless count for 2017

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Of that, 542 were people with children, 106 were unaccompanied homeless youth, 205 were veterans and 182 were "chronically" homeless veterans. Soaring rents is found to be one major reason for the increase, especially in the western United States.

-Tenth in the number of people in homeless families, 1,589. He said it takes some people as long as eight months to find an affordable house, adding that some times it has to do with job availability and what the job is paying. Since 2010 homeless people in families decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ).

The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to count homeless youth this year, a hard to count population. Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased.

He said the Great Falls Rescue Mission Cameron Family Center has been open for less than a year, has 34 family rooms and every one of those rooms is filled.

Increases are higher in several West Coast cities, where the explosion in homelessness has prompted at least 10 city and county governments to declare states of emergency since 2015.

"We need to move a little bit away from the concept that only the government can solve the problem", he said. While overall homelessness increased by 0.7% nationally since 2016, since 2010 there was a decline of 13.1%.

The report found that 553,742 people experienced homelessness nationwide on a single night in 2017, an increase of.7 percent since past year.

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- Most homeless persons, 8,541 ( or 79.1% ), were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while total 2,257 ( or 26.4% ), persons were unsheltered. "While we have made significant strides in reducing the number of individuals experiencing homelessness, we must remain committed to implementing strategies that make it a rare, brief and non-recurring event".

Places where the numbers went down included Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, the Denver area and Hawaii, which declared a statewide homelessness emergency in 2015.

- Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals increased 44.6 percent ( or 418 persons ) over 2016 levels and declined by 36.4 percent since 2010.

3,305 people were homeless representing an overall 17.3 percent decrease from 2016 and a 73.5 percent decrease since 2010.

A new federal report on homelessness in America offers a snapshot of how San Diego County is doing compared with other cities. On a single night in January 2017, 383 Veterans were experiencing homelessness. Veteran homelessness decreased 9 percent ( or 85 persons ) since January 2016.

The annual count found about 300 unaccompanied homeless IN youth and children.

Butler said he was in transitional housing - a type of program that prepares people for permanent homes - for a while but mostly has lived on the streets for the past couple of years.