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Report says county has nation's fourth-largest homeless populaton

08 December 2017, 07:46 | Erica Roy

Children on a bus look at homeless people in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles

Children on a bus look at homeless people in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles

"HUD remains committed to our state and local partners, to fighting homelessness in Louisiana and throughout the country", said Beth Van Duyne, HUD Regional Administrator.

The HUD report said that the 2017 homeless population included 3,899 individuals, 3,769 people in families with children, 889 unaccompanied homeless youth, 281 veterans, and 813 chronically homeless individuals.

-Third in the number of homeless veterans, with 1,067. "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.

- The number of families with children experiencing homelessness in 2017 ( 3,904 ), decreased by 15.2 percent ( or 700 persons ) since 2016 and decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ) since 2010.

Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase.

In response to Seattle's growing homelessness crisis, the city declared a state of emergency two years ago-but clearly, the problem is still severe.


While many communities across the nation saw a decline or no change, the total homeless population in the state rose to 7,668.

The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development show this is the first time homelessness has gone up in Utah in six years.

He said San Francisco's more encouraging count could be attributed to the city's consolidation of efforts on supportive housing and services over the past year, through the creation of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

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. Veteran homelessness decreased 9 percent ( or 85 persons ) since January 2016. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent.

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

And that work, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday, should be aimed at building more housing - especially along the West Coast and in big cities elsewhere. This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, hard to count population. But it will serve as a baseline to track progress in reducing the number of youth without homes.



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