New Federal Report Shows Homelessness Declining in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new federal report says that homelessness is on the decline in Ohio and the nation.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report released this week shows 11,182 people were reported as being homeless in Ohio this year, a drop of 11 percent since 2010. Homelessness nationwide also decreased by 11 percent in that period.

HUD says homelessness among veterans in Ohio declined about 8 percent between 2010 and 2015; family homelessness was down about 31 percent; and chronic homelessness fell by 48 percent.

The results are based on HUD’s “point-in-time” estimates, which seek to measure the number of homeless on a single night in January each year.