Area home­less­ness has de­clined, HUD says

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

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 .... ”

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