Homelessness Among Veterans on the Decline

By KBJR News 1

Homelessness Among Veterans on the Decline

December 12, 2012 Updated Dec 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM CDT

Washington D.C. (NNCNOW.com) --- A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) suggests that homelessness among veterans may be on the decline.

The Estimates of Homelessness report found that more than 62,000 veterans were homeless on a single night in 2012 which is a 7.2% decrease from 2011.

The study also reports that there was a slight decline (0.4%) in overall homelessness across the U.S. When the study was conducted back in January, officials accounted for 633,782 people who were homeless across the country.

“We continue to see a stable level of homelessness across our country at a time of great stress for those at risk of losing their housing," says U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. "We must redouble our efforts to target our resources more effectively to help those at greatest risk."

In 2012, California, New York, Florida, Texas and Georgia combined accounted for nearly half of the nation's total homelessness.

62% of those accounted for in the report were homeless as individuals while 38% were homeless as persons in a family.

Homelessness has been on the decline since 2007 by 5.7%, however, it has remained steady between 2011 and 2012.

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