State sees increase in homeless to 1529 HUD study finds

State sees increase in homeless to 1529 HUD study finds

Volunteers counted about 600 homeless military veterans.

"Our numbers are definitely on the rise", said Jim Kizer, executive director of the Great Falls Rescue Mission. A recent report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), reported by the Seattle Times, found that those numbers are among the highest in the United States.

At least 10 city and county governments in the West Coast declared states of emergency in response to the explosion in homelessness. He said it takes some people as long as eight months to find an affordable house, adding that some times it has to do with job availability and what the job is paying.

Nationwide, homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, HUD said.

While the overall homeless population in California, Oregon and Washington grew by 14 percent over the past two years, the part of that population considered unsheltered climbed 23 percent to 108,000.

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. For every 10,000 people in California, 34 are homeless.

In fast-growing Seattle, the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent to almost 5,500 over the past two years.

"We are turning families away", he said.

- In Illinois, local communities reported that 10,798 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, a decrease of 6.8 percent ( or 792 persons ) since a year ago and a decrease of 25 percent ( or 3,597 ) since 2010. 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. It's an increase of 45 people from a year ago.

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HUD's national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, hard to count population.

The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 5.4 percent since 2016 and 27 percent since 2010.

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

3,305 people were homeless representing an overall 17.3 percent decrease from 2016 and a 73.5 percent decrease since 2010.

Most homeless (360,867) were in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 192,875 were unsheltered.

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

-Fifth in the percentage of homeless individuals who are unsheltered, 61.6 percent.

HUD says more than 4,800 of Indiana's homeless residents were found in emergency shelters or transitional housing and almost 570 were living on the streets.

- The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children in 2017 is estimated to be 730 youth.

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