(WAFB) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD)'s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress reports the number of people experiencing homelessness in Louisiana on a single night in 2016 dropped by 2.1% compared to 2015. HUD reports there has been an overall 68% decline in the state since 2010.
The report also suggests that homelessness has declined across the U.S., specifically among families with children, veterans, and individuals with long-term disabilities.
In 2015, HUD estimated Louisiana saw a 5.3% reduction among homeless families, a 2% increase in veteran homelessness, and a 26% decline in individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. HUD secretary Julian Castro notes that although the nation is making progress when it comes to reducing homelessness, there is still the problem of "doubled up" or "rent-burdened" families.
"Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. The Obama administration has made unprecedented progress toward ending homelessness and today marks the seventh straight year of measurable progress. While we know that our work is far from finished, it's clear we're on the right track to prevent and end homelessness for good," said Castro.
President Obama's plan to end homelessness, called Opening Doors, is a road map for join action by the 19 federal member agencies of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, along with local and state partners in the public and private sectors. The plan offers ways to connect mainstream housing, health, education, and human service programs as part of a coordinated plan to end and prevent homelessness.
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