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Number Of Homeless People In The US Increased For First Time In Years

The U.S. homeless population has been declining for the better part of a decade — until this year.

Data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows 2017 was the first year since 2010 that the overall figure rose.

The department found during one night in January 2017, more than 550,000 people across the country were homeless.

Rates definitely varied among states; thirty and the District of Columbia reported decreases in homeless populations from 2016 to 2017.

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Cities on the east coast and especially the west coast seemed to contribute the most to homeless rates.

For instance, the more than 55,000 homeless residents in Los Angeles city and county amounted to a 25 percent increase over 2016.

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