Monday, 11 December, 2017

HUD: Annual count shows fewer homeless people in Indiana

Homeless people living along the Santa Ana Riverbed in Orange County. Nov. 10 2017 Homeless people living along the Santa Ana Riverbed in Orange County. Nov. 10 2017
Nellie Chapman | 08 December, 2017, 05:07

With 9,160 homeless people, the county has the fourth-largest population of any region in the nation, trailing only New York City (76,501), Los Angeles County (55,188) and Seattle/King County (11,643).

Veteran homelessness decreased 4.25 percent since January 2016. "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".

-Fourth in the percentage of people in homeless families who are unsheltered, 18.4 percent. Since 2010 homeless people in families decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ).

-Seventh in the number of unaccompanied youth (younger than 25 living alone), 1,160. However, Ashley said she has found that once people hear you are homeless, they tend to look down on you. That's a shift, as homeless numbers have gone down in the state every year since 2012.

The Buffalo woman (who asked to only use her first name) told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly that she uses library resources everyday to try and find a new job.

Nationwide, the homeless population went up 0.7 percent, to 553,742.

In response to HUD releasing its annual Point-in-Time count announcing that homelessness has increased nationally for the first time since 2010, and although Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ( CCH ) does not doubt that homelessness on the rise, CCH Director of Policy Julie Dworkin said "we have always had serious concerns about the validity of the Point-in-Time count as an accurate reflection of trends in homelessness from year to year".

The overall homeless figure was down by 13 percent on a national scale since 2010 and the unsheltered number has dropped by 17 percent over that seven-year span, although some changes in methodology and definitions over the years can affect comparisons.

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.

In San Diego, the homeless population increased 5 percent.

"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. That's especially true on the West Coast. Almost half of them were living unsheltered.

That said, the results of our count did grow at a higher rate than the rest of the United States, with the unsheltered count going up 21 percent and overall count of people experiencing homelessness growing by around 8.5 percent. New York, by contrast, has nearly 95 percent of its homeless living in shelters. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent.

In breaking down the homeless count, there was a 26 percent jump in individuals without a permanent home in North Dakota. Forty-three percent are unsheltered.