Federal housing officials blamed soaring rents and Congress' failure to fund affordable housing for a rise in homelessness in Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas and the District of Columbia, which reported the biggest jumps.
Overall, one in five homeless people in the USA lives in New York City or Los Angeles, said a Wall Street Journal report.
For the second straight year, Los Angeles has registered the largest number of chronically homeless people in America - almost 13,000 - with the majority living outdoors, a federal report released Thursday said. Most of the people (1,252) were in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs and 135 people were not in shelters.
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He said India is also grateful to Israel for its clear support to India's permanent candidature in a reformed UN Security Council. Despite the size difference, Rivlin said that this was an equal partnership in which both nations had something to contribute.
The federal government released the numbers after volunteers across the country counted homeless people in their local areas. While officials noted that the drop showed progress across all demographics - families, the chronically homeless, and veterans - their findings showed that certain cities still have work to do to catch up. (The Los Angeles city and county tabulation excludes Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach, which conduct separate tallies). Of those, more than 78,000 people were living outdoors, with the rest in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs or other such locations, said the report. That's a 3 percent decline overall from 2015, and continues a downward trend in homelessness over the past few years.
"Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home", said HUD Secretary Julián Castro.
The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children appeared to decline in 2016 to 35,686 though HUD will launch a more robust effort to more accurately account for this important population in January of 2017. The state is also investing time to ensure that along with developing housing, there are integrated services, said Scott Morishige, Ige's homelessness coordinator. The agency says that's a 10 percent drop from 2010. The city of Los Angeles had just shy of 13,000 such individuals. This reduction is due in part to a concerted effort to make available more permanent supportive housing opportunities for people with disabling health conditions who otherwise continually cycle through local shelters or the streets. Both of these are seen as signs that someone could become homeless soon.