HUD Report Shows Slight Uptick In Utah Homelessness

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

NY had the second-largest homeless population, at 89,503, a 4 percent increase.

At the same time, the report found that New Hampshire might be improving when it comes to addressing homelessness among individuals - the number of people on their own without a stable place to live fell by more than 50 percent from 2016.

- 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.

That's a shift, as homeless numbers have gone down in the state every year since 2012.

"In many high-cost areas of our country, especially along the West Coast, the severe shortage of affordable housing is manifesting itself on our streets", HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement.

HUD said that throughout the United States, 553,742 people were homeless this year - a 1 percent increase over 2016, and the first time the national count has risen since 2010.

-Fifth in the number of chronically homeless, 2,088.

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. In particular, he noted that the city's unsheltered proportion of the homeless population is at 58 percent, compared with the state's overall proportion of 68 percent.

On a single night, 553,742 people experience homelessness in the U.S. According to the latest national estimate by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, this number represents an increase of.7 percent since past year. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent.

Homelessness also went up significantly in Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles, according to HUD's annual snapshot assessment of street populations nationwide.

The annual count found about 300 unaccompanied homeless IN youth and children. This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, hard to count population. "With rents rising faster than incomes, we need to bring everybody to the table to produce more affordable housing and ease the pressure that is forcing too many of our neighbors into our shelters and onto our streets". But it will serve as a baseline to track progress in reducing the number of youth without homes.

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