Modest rise in U.S. homelessness
September 24, 2019 - The number of homeless people in the U.S. has increased for the second year in a row -- to almost 553,000 in 2018 -- after falling steadily for eight years, driven by a rise in chronic homelessness.
Some two-thirds of America’s homeless (65%) were staying in sheltered locations -- emergency shelters or transitional housing programmes. The remainder were on the street, in abandoned buildings, or other places not suitable for human habitation.
Homelessness increased (though modestly) for the second year in a row. The number of homeless people on a single night increased by 0.3 per cent between 2017 and 2018.
Almost half of all people experiencing homelessness are in three states: California, with 129,972 people, New York with 91,897, and Florida with 31,030 homeless.
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