Louisiana's homeless population declines almost 20% since 2016, according to HUD report

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- The number of families with children experiencing homelessness in 2017 ( 3,904 ), decreased by 15.2 percent ( or 700 persons ) since 2016 and decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ) since 2010.

Louisiana's population has declined by over 17 percent in the a year ago, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That put to an end six straight years of decline from 2010, when 637,000 Americans were homeless.

Louisiana's homeless population declines almost 20% since 2016, according to HUD report
Louisiana's homeless population declines almost 20% since 2016, according to HUD report

Ashley agreed to share her story to let people know how quickly someone can find themselves without a place to live - and how devastating emotionally it can be. This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, hard to count population. Nationwide, the homeless population grew about 1 percent.

King County has the third-largest concentration of homeless people in the country, a new federal report shows.

The report comes as the homelessness population is on the rise on the West Coast.


"With rents rising faster than incomes, we need to bring everybody to the table to produce more affordable housing and ease the pressure that is forcing too many of our neighbors into our shelters and onto our streets", Carson suggested. Since 2010, however, veteran homelessness in IL declined by 23.7 percent and by almost 46% nationally. A shortage of affordable housing was partially responsible. "Illinois' shelter system was decimated by two years without state funding".

The crisis has prompted several local governments, including those in the city of Seattle and King County, to declare a civil state of emergency.

You can read the full report and explore the rest of HUD's homelessness data for 2017 here.


In contrast, the HUD report revealed a long-running decline in homelessness continuing in most other regions.

While overall homelessness decreased, HUD's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that veterans experiencing homelessness declined 10 percent in state since 2016 and declined 46.6 percent since 2010. An updated CCH count will be released early next year.

"There are days when I don't want to wake up", said 30-year-old Ashley, who found herself homeless in July after being evicted and losing her job.


Those who work regularly with the homeless said it is certainly an undercount, although many advocates and officials argued that the result correctly identifies trend lines.

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