King County homeless population third-largest in US

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

Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent. "While we have made significant strides in reducing the number of individuals experiencing homelessness, we must remain committed to implementing strategies that make it a rare, brief and non-recurring event".

The number of homeless people living in Wyoming spiked in 2011 and 2012, with a high count of 1,813 in 2012.

Homelessness went down in 30 states around the country, according to the report.

The homeless point-in-time survey is based on counts at shelters and on the streets. Communities use the report while deciding how to allocate money and resources to combat homelessness. Nationwide, the homeless population grew about 1 percent. HUD says across the country; 553,742 people were homeless on a single night in 2017.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says there were 873 homeless people in the state as of January.

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.

The most alarming outcome of the West Coast homeless explosion is a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that has affected Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Diego, the popular tourist destination in a county where more than 5,600 people now live on the streets or in their cars.

"With rents rising faster than incomes, we need to bring everybody to the table to produce more affordable housing and ease the pressure that is forcing too many of our neighbors into our shelters and onto our streets", Carson suggested. The number of unsheltered population is up by almost 10 percent compared to two years ago.

In the West Coast states, the surge in homelessness has become part of the fabric of daily life.

City officials, homeless advocates and those living on the streets point to a main culprit: the region's booming economy. In San Diego, it's 61.6 percent. Almost half of them were living unsheltered.

- 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. New York, by contrast, has nearly 95 percent of its homeless living in shelters.

In Massachusetts, local communities reported 17,565 experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, a decrease of 10.4 percent since previous year. About 38 percent of them are unsheltered. Forty-three percent are unsheltered.

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

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