Area homelessness has declined, HUD says
The federal housing agency compared 2015 and 2016 numbers in six counties, including Ulster and Dutchess.
Homelessness in the Hudson Valley is declining, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The report found a 4.5 percent drop in the number of people experiencing homelessness in a sixcounty area on a single night in 2016 in comparison to a 2015 tally. The counties examined were Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange, Rockland and Westchester. The homeless number in Ulster County dropped from 348 in 2015 to 323 in 2016, the report said. In Dutchess, the number rose from 375 to 385. Sullivan County also experienced an increase, but the homeless numbers dropped in Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties. Since 2010, homelessness in the six-county region is down 5.8 percent, with major reductions in the number of unsheltered persons, chronic homelessness and veterans’ homelessness, the report stated. “Across the Hudson Valley, HUDfunded homeless service providers are leading the way in housing the homeless,” said HUD Regional Director Holly Leicht. “Unprecedented collaboration at all levels of government and innovative strategies backed by federal resources have resulted in major declines .... ”