Home­less­ness de­clines by 8 per­cent in Mary­land

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION -

Home­less­ness in Mary­land de­creased by more than 8 per­cent be­tween 2015 and 2016, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment re­leased Thurs­day. The num­ber of home­less in the state fell to 7,689 from 8,390 the pre­vi­ous year, an 8.4 per­cent de­crease, the depart­ment found. Mary­land has seen a 29 per­cent de­crease in home­less­ness in the state since 2010. The agency’s sta­tis­tics are based on point-in-time es­ti­mates, which sur­vey the home­less pop­u­la­tion on a sin­gle night each Jan­uary. Home­less­ness among vet­er­ans in the state was down 22.2 per­cent (or 159 peo­ple) in the same span, the sta­tis­tics said. On a sin­gle night in Jan­uary 2016, HUD said, 555 vet­er­ans were home­less. Long-term home­less­ness in Mary­land de­clined by more than a quar­ter — 26 per­cent, or 483 peo­ple — be­tween 2015 and 2016, HUD said.

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