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June 21, 2010
HUD releases fresh national, local data on the homeless

Nationally, the total number of homeless individuals dropped five percent between 2008 and 2009, though the number of homeless families rose. That's according to the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, released last week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The data -- based on single-night and 12-month counts of the homeless -- covers both sheltered and unsheltered people. The report found the number of families staying in shelters increased seven percent from 2008 to 2009, and the length of stay rose from 30 to 36 days. Of the individuals using shelters: 78 percent were adults; 61 percent were male; 62 percent were members of a minority; 31 percent were aged 31-50; and 38 percent had a disability.

The HUD report also provides statistics for some localities including Sacramento City/County, Roseville/Placer County; Davis/Woodland/Yolo County and El Dorado County. Between 2008 and 2009 the total (sheltered and non-sheltered) "point-in-time" homeless count rose in Sacramento County (2,615 to 2,800), in Placer County (587 to 616) and in Yolo County (414 to 491). It fell in El Dorado County (150 to 146).

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