Report shows drop in homelessness in Louisiana

Report shows drop in homelessness in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new report shows that overall, fewer people are out in the cold in Louisiana.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development said homelessness in the state has declined more than 10 percent since last year and more than 60 percent since 2010.

"It only costs on average $37 a day to help someone who is homeless in Louisiana find a permanent home with supportive services," said Nicole Sweazy, administrator of the Louisiana Housing Authority. "It actually costs more money to do nothing than it does to help these individuals."

Four years ago, there were more than 12,000 homeless people living in Louisiana. The report shows the number has dropped to a little more than 4,600.

Officials said one of the key factors in bringing those numbers down is the state's implementation of a permanent supportive housing program.

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