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Federal report shows decrease in Syracuse area homelessness in 2017

The number of homeless people in the Syracuse area is decreasing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (MGN Online)

The number of homeless people in the Syracuse area is decreasing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD's latest estimates show an 8.6 percent decrease in overall homelessness for Syracuse and its surrounding counties since 2016. Veteran homelessness decreased by 13.1 percent during the same time frame, HUD reported.

Unsheltered and family homelessness also decreased by 15.8 percent and 16.3 percent, respectively.

Those findings are based on reports to HUD by local agencies on observed homelessness in January 2017. The agencies reported 871 people were homeless in Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, and Tompkins Counties in January. 43 of those homeless were also unsheltered.

“Syracuse and Central New York had across-the-board success at reducing homelessness last year, both overall and among key populations,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “I look forward to seeing them build on their momentum as they tackle homelessness in the years to come.”

Comparing 2017's numbers to the start of the decade provides a mixed bag of results. Since 2010, overall homelessness has decreased by 4.6 percent and chronic homelessness is down 63.4 percent. However family and unsheltered homelessness are up 21 percent and 17.1 percent, respectively, since 2010.

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