State’s home­less pop­u­la­tion rises

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — The home­less pop­u­la­tion in Rhode Is­land has in­creased by nearly 2 per­cent.

The U.S. De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment re­leased its an­nual Point in Time count on Wed­nes­day.

The re­port showed there were nearly 554,000 home­less peo­ple na­tion­wide dur­ing lo­cal tal­lies con­ducted in Jan­uary. That's up nearly 1 per­cent from 2016.

There were 1,180 home­less peo­ple in Rhode Is­land, a 1.7 per­cent in­crease from 2016. The to­tal is down 8 per­cent since 2010. The state had low rates of home­less peo­ple liv­ing in un­shel­tered lo­ca­tions. About 6 per­cent of peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness had no ac­cess to nightly shel­ter.

The re­port found 95 home­less vet­er­ans in Rhode Is­land. Three vet­er­ans were un­shel­tered.

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