U.S. homeless population rises for first time in 7 years

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Homelessness Declines in Massachusetts by 10.4 Percent

The numbers come from an annual report to Congress, released Wednesday, that is based on HUD-mandated "point in time" counts done every January in 3,000 cities and counties across America.

In Utah, 2,852 people were homeless in 2017 according to the report.

While 30 states and the District of Columbia saw decreases in their homeless numbers, 20 saw increases, including California, up 13.7 percent to 134,278. Of that, 542 were people with children, 106 were unaccompanied homeless youth, 205 were veterans and 182 were "chronically" homeless veterans. A shortage of affordable housing was partially responsible.

The report comes as the homelessness population is on the rise on the West Coast.

Nationwide, the number of homeless military veterans went up 1.5 percent previous year, and that group now makes up 9.1 percent of the total homeless population, according to the report.

Team de Blasio's approach to the city's "right to shelter" law is helping the record numbers: Families who once would have let relatives live "doubled up" with them now encourage them to enter the shelter system for a temporary place to stay until the city gives them an emergency grant, puts them in public housing or gets them a Section 8 subsidy. Since 2010 homeless people in families decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ). Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness and veterans increased.

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Veteran homelessness increased 1.5 percent (or 585 people) since January 2016, primarily in California cities. It's an increase of 45 people from past year. However, Ashley said she has found that once people hear you are homeless, they tend to look down on you.

The Buffalo City Mission reports that an estimated 5,500 individuals are homeless in WNY - with over half experiencing homelessness for the first time. Every year on a single night in January, tens of thousands of volunteers seek to identify the number of people, including families, living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings. HUD will treat 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.

The increases are due largely to spikes in the number of unsheltered homeless, according to the report.

Volunteers counted about 600 homeless military veterans. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent. Currently, there are 385 homeless veterans marking a 4.25 percent decrease since 2016 and an overall decrease of 68.7 percent since 2010.

- 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.

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

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