US home­less count rises

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LOS AN­GE­LES – The na­tion’s home­less pop­u­la­tion in­creased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing on the streets in Los An­ge­les and other West Coast cities.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment re­leased its an­nual Point in Time count Wed­nes­day, a re­port that showed nearly 554,000 home­less peo­ple across the coun­try dur­ing lo­cal tal­lies con­ducted in Jan­uary. That fig­ure is up nearly 1 per­cent from 2016.

Of that to­tal, 193,000 peo­ple had no ac­cess to nightly shel­ter and in­stead were stay­ing in ve­hi­cles, tents, the streets and other places con­sid­ered un­in­hab­it­able. The un­shel­tered fig­ure is up by more than 9 per­cent com­pared to two years ago.

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