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Homelessness in Michigan down nearly 8 percent

Posted at 2:54 PM, Dec 19, 2018

LANSING, Mich. — Homelessness decreased sharply in Michigan this year, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Overall, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Michigan declined 7.7 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The number of homeless families with children declined nine percent, and chronic/long-term homelessness declined 11.2 percent.

Among veterans, homelessness has decreased 10.3 percent since last year and 28.1 percent since 2010.

Overall, since 2010, homelessness in Michigan has declined more than 36 percent.

HUD's numbers are based on a statewide count on a single night in January by state and local planning agencies. 8,351 people in Michigan were experiencing homelessness during HUD's count this year.