Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

HUD claims decline in homeless count for 2017

HUD claims decline in homeless count for 2017

"Despite a slight increase in overall Veteran homelessness, I am pleased that the majority of communities in the USA experienced declines over the past year", said Shulkin.

Out of all jurisdictions that are required to report counts to receive federal funding, King County ranked third both in homelessness-behind only New York City and Los Angeles County-and in people living unsheltered. Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called "Continuums of Care" and tens of thousands of volunteers seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings. It does not take into account families and individuals who might experience homelessness at other times during the year.

With 9,160 homeless people, the county has the fourth-largest population of any region in the nation, trailing only New York City (76,501), Los Angeles County (55,188) and Seattle/King County (11,643).

The HUD report found that on one night in January, almost one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles.

HUD also had the fifth-highest rate of homeless families with children in the country. That's a 6.2 percent drop since past year and a 15.7 percent decline since 2010.

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In fast-growing Seattle, the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent to almost 5,500 over the past two years. It's an increase of less than one percent over 2016.

California's homeless population went up 14 percent, to 134,278 - the most by far of any state, and representing 31 percent of all the homeless people in the US, according to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. That represents a.7 percent increase nationally over a year ago. Since 2010, however, veteran homelessness in IL declined by 23.7 percent and by almost 46% nationally.

The number of homeless youth and children was counted as 80. 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", Carson suggested. HUD will treat 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.

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