November 22, 2016

Homelessness drops

The Hill - The number of Americans living on the streets and in shelters has dropped significantly in recent years, according to a new government report, though more than half a million people are still homeless.

The annual survey conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in January found an estimated 549,928 homeless people across the United States. That figure is down from the 630,227 people who were homeless in January 2009, just before President Obama took office, and down from 647,000 in 2007.

The number of homeless veterans across the country has dropped almost in half since 2010, when the Department of Housing and Urban Development made a priority of getting veterans off the streets.

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