Report says county has nation's fourth-largest homeless populaton

Report says county has nation's fourth-largest homeless populaton

Rev. George Woodruff, pastor at Durham Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, said his church continues to see a big need to help the homeless, especially single parents with children.

-Third in the number of homeless veterans, with 1,067.

The number of homeless families, chronically homeless individuals and homeless veterans decreased from 2016. The count doesn't include people who were living with friends and relatives.

In fast-growing Seattle, the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent to almost 5,500 over the past two years. That number has increased each year since 2014.

-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. Communities use the report while deciding how to allocate money and resources to combat homelessness.

Overall, HUD's newly released homelessness data also estimated that roughly 11 in every 10,000 people in New Hampshire were experiencing homelessness, in a shelter or elsewhere, in 2017.

While 30 states and the District of Columbia saw decreases in their homeless numbers, 20 saw increases, including California, up 13.7 percent to 134,278.

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.

- Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals increased 44.6 percent ( or 418 persons ) over 2016 levels and declined by 36.4 percent since 2010. New York City reported a 4.1 increase, mostly among families in emergency shelters and transitional housing, HUD officials said. In San Diego, it's 61.6 percent. Almost half of them were living unsheltered. The top four regions in the country with the highest percentage of unsheltered are in the state: Fresno/Madera (75.8 percent), Los Angeles (74.7), San Jose/Santa Clara (73.7) and Oakland/Alameda (68.6).

The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 5.4 percent since 2016 and 27 percent since 2010. New York, by contrast, has nearly 95 percent of its homeless living in shelters.

Of those people experiencing homelessness, 41 percent were unsheltered, meaning they were staying in a public or private place not meant to accommodate a sleeping person, like a park bench or a vehicle. About 38 percent of them are unsheltered. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent.

The veterans' numbers for California: Up 19.4 percent, to 8.5 percent of the total homeless population, with 66.7 percent unsheltered. Forty-three percent are unsheltered.