The increase in the Treasure State reflected an increase nationwide, HUD stated.
In Utah, 2,852 people were homeless in 2017 according to the report.
One of the major consequences of the homeless explosion in the West Coast is a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that prompted California officials to declare a state of emergency two months ago. Since 2010 homeless people in families decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ).
In short, the problem is growing in areas that are spending the most to help.
Kizer attributed the homeless increase to a lack of affordable housing in Great Falls. However, Ashley said she has found that once people hear you are homeless, they tend to look down on you.
She agreed that affordable housing is a big hurdle as struggling families have told them that transportation, child care and affordable housing are among the most hard issues to deal with.
Of the latest count, 193,000 people had no access to nightly shelter and instead they were staying in vehicles, tents, the streets and other places defined as uninhabitable.
CCH completed its own estimate of homelessnsss in Chicago this year using census data that addresses numerous concerns in the report.
In Massachusetts, local communities reported 17,565 experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, a decrease of 10.4 percent since past year.
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Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals increased 8.4 percent over 2016 levels (or 48 persons).
HUD's national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation.
HUD says more than 4,800 of Indiana's homeless residents were found in emergency shelters or transitional housing and almost 570 were living on the streets.
Thirty states and the District of Columbia reported decreases in homelessness between 2016 and 2017, HUD officials said.
It also showed that the number of chronically homeless individuals, those who have been without home for at least a year, rose for the first time since 2008, which was over 12 percent higher than that of last year.
The increases are due largely to spikes in the number of unsheltered homeless, according to the report. It's an increase of 45 people from previous year. "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". Veteran homelessness decreased 9 percent ( or 85 persons ) since January 2016.
Veteran homelessness increased 1.5 percent (or 585 people) since January 2016, primarily in California cities.
- On a single night in January 2017, 864 veterans were experiencing homelessness. Nationwide, the homeless population grew about 1 percent.
The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children in 2017 is estimated to be 408.