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HUD Report Shows Slight Uptick In Utah Homelessness

HUD Report Shows Slight Uptick In Utah Homelessness

Of that, 542 were people with children, 106 were unaccompanied homeless youth, 205 were veterans and 182 were "chronically" homeless veterans.

"Our numbers are definitely on the rise", said Jim Kizer, executive director of the Great Falls Rescue Mission. Soaring rents is found to be one major reason for the increase, especially in the western United States. Homelessness among families with children decreased by 15.2 percent ( or 700 ) across the state since 2016. That is in part due a shortage of affordable housing.

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. HUD says Indiana's homeless veteran population has fallen 20 percent since 2010.

Of the latest count, 193,000 people had no access to nightly shelter and instead they were staying in vehicles, tents, the streets and other places defined as uninhabitable.

In San Diego, the homeless population increased 5 percent.

"We need to move a little bit away from the concept that only the government can solve the problem", he said.

Overall, 68.2 percent of the homeless in California are unsheltered, the highest rate of any state. Nationally, the overall homeless number was down by 13 percent since 2010 and the unsheltered number has dropped by 17 percent over that seven-year span, although some changes in methodology and definitions over the years can affect comparisons. 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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It's hard to pinpoint exactly how much our local homeless population has grown.

CCH completed its own estimate of homelessnsss in Chicago this year using census data that addresses numerous concerns in the report. "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".

- 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.

HUD's national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. "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.

- On a single night in January 2017, 864 veterans were experiencing homelessness.

The California counties of Sacramento, which includes the state capital, and Alameda, which is home to Oakland, also had one-year increases of more than 1,000 homeless people.

HUD's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that nationwide more than 550,000 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017.