Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Homelessness in Minnesota jumped 4.5 percent in 2017, HUD reports

Homelessness in Minnesota jumped 4.5 percent in 2017, HUD reports

Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase.

-Seventh in the number of unaccompanied youth (younger than 25 living alone), 1,160.

"Despite a slight increase in overall Veteran homelessness, I am pleased that the majority of communities in the USA experienced declines over the past year", said Shulkin. 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. "While 2017 saw a small rise in overall homelessness in the state as well as veteran homelessness, levels of family homelessness dropped over 36 percent, which is great progress".

The HUD report found that on one night in January, almost one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles.

- The number of unsheltered homeless individuals in 2017 ( 2,135 ) increased by 21.3 percent from 2016 and by 18.5 percent since 2010.

California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report.

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.

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

One of the major consequences of the homeless explosion in the West Coast is a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that prompted California officials to declare a state of emergency two months ago. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. In San Diego, it's 61.6 percent. Overall, 30 states showed declines in homelessness and 20 showed increases.

In short, the problem is growing in areas that are spending the most to help. New York, by contrast, has nearly 95 percent of its homeless living in shelters.

According to a point-in-time count done in New Hampshire at the beginning of this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says 680 people were identified as being homeless as part of a family with children. That went up 9 percent nationally, offsetting improvements in the sheltered counts. Forty-three percent are unsheltered.

Veteran homelessness decreased 4.25 percent since January 2016.

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