HUD: Annual count shows fewer homeless people in Indiana

The Housing for Health program launched in 2012 and provides housing to some of LA’s many unsheltered residents.    
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The Housing for Health program launched in 2012 and provides housing to some of LA’s many unsheltered residents. Andrew V Marcus | Shutterstock

A new federal report on homelessness in America offers a snapshot of how San Diego County is doing compared with other cities. Since 2010 homeless people in families decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ). Numerous surveys of homeless service providers found that significant cutbacks in staff forced agencies to reduce services and reduce how many people they could serve.

Kim Skornogoski, marketing director for United Way of Cascade County, said while estimates are "solid" numbers, they do not reflect the full scope of homelessness in the community. HUD says across the country; 553,742 people were homeless on a single night in 2017.

- 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.

A government report has found that the number of homeless people across the United States increased for the first time since 2010.

Skornogoski also noted a lot of people in the count are chronically homeless and have bigger picture problems such as substance abuse and mental health problems that need to be addressed.

Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals increased 8.4 percent over 2016 levels (or 48 persons).

The Buffalo City Mission reports that an estimated 5,500 individuals are homeless in WNY - with over half experiencing homelessness for the first time.

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.

Veteran homelessness increased 1.5 percent (or 585 people) since January 2016, primarily in California cities. HUD will treat 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.

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 increases are due largely to spikes in the number of unsheltered homeless, according to the report.

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

Volunteers counted about 600 homeless military veterans.

In San Diego, the number of homeless veterans went down about 10 percent and now is 12 percent of the total homeless population.

The overall homeless population in west states of California, Oregon and Washington increased by 14 percent over the past two years, of which the part considered unsheltered jumped by 23 percent to approach 110,000. Veteran homelessness decreased 9 percent ( or 85 persons ) since January 2016.

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

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