Homelessness Increased Across the Nation in 2017
Cold weather continues to grip much of the Midwest, and thousands of people don’t have a warm place to stay on a regular basis. The federal government does an annual homeless count each year, and on one night in 2017 it found about 55-hundred people on the streets in Indiana. Owen Davenport with the Lighthouse Mission in Terre Haute says rural areas of Indiana have fewer options for people who can’t find a place to stay. He says most people don’t choose to be homeless, and for many, even though they’re working, they’re one or two paychecks away from being homeless. Last month, the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development reported homelessness crept up last year across the nation, especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. The good news is that homelessness among families with children has declined more than five percent nationwide since 2016.
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