Homelessness Among Families On The Rise In NH

Homelessness Among Families On The Rise In NH

A federal agency says IN had an estimated 360 fewer homeless people during this year's annual count of the nation's people without homes. That figure is up almost 1 percent from 2016.

However, the city and county of Los Angeles saw a almost 26 percent increase in overall homelessness since 2016, primarily among people found in unsheltered locations. The unsheltered figure is up by more than 9 percent compared to two years ago.

The crisis has prompted several local governments, including those in the city of Seattle and King County, to declare a civil state of emergency. Much of that increases was attributed to soaring rents in places like Los Angeles and North Dakota. Now, even a temporary setback can be enough to leave them out on the streets.

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. Almost half of them were living unsheltered.

The numbers underscore the severity of a problem that stretches from Seattle to San Diego. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent. A shortage of affordable housing was partially responsible.

In booming Seattle, for example, the HUD report shows the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent over two years to almost 5,500. It is an annual count, it uses extrapolation techniques to capture people that are not directly counted, and it includes doubled-up households not in the shelter system. Four out of every five homeless individuals there are considered unsheltered, leaving tens of thousands of people with no place to sleep other than the streets or parks.

- 10,798 people were homeless representing an overall decrease of 792 individuals or 6.8 percent from 2016 and a 25 percent decrease since 2010.

"There are days when I don't want to wake up", said 30-year-old Ashley, who found herself homeless in July after being evicted and losing her job.

Since past year, voters in the city and Los Angeles County have passed a pair of tax-boosting ballot initiatives to raise an expected $4.7 billion over the next decade for affordable housing and services for the homeless.

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"We are turning families away", he said.

- 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.

"Los Angeles' homelessness crisis was not created in a vacuum, and it can not be solved by L.A. alone", Garcetti said in a statement.

Excluding these two areas, the estimated number of Veterans experiencing homeless in other parts of the nation decreased 3.1 percent since 2016. That number has increased each year since 2014.

Homelessness increased in the United States, especially among people with long-term disabling conditions according to HUD's Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.

Of those people experiencing homelessness, 41 percent were unsheltered, meaning they were staying in a public or private place not meant to accommodate a sleeping person, like a park bench or a vehicle.

Those places that saw a dwindling homelessness included Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, the Denver area and Hawaii.

Back in January, a local point-in-time count found that 11,643 were experiencing homelessness in King County.

Those who work regularly with the homeless said it is certainly an undercount, although many advocates and officials argued that the result correctly identifies trend lines.

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