Dec 15, 2014 3:22 PM

NH homelessness report released, but issues still remain

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness released its 2014 report finding that that overall homelessness has declined by 3 percent in the Granite State. But still, there is more than 1,000 people in New Hampshire without a place to call home.

The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness report credits the small decline in homelessness to the collective work of agencies, policymakers and New Hampshire citizens.

The report shows an increase among veterans, which makes up about 11 percent of those on the streets.

The majority of New Hampshire's homeless reside in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, but available housing has decreased in Merrimack County by 10 percent and the total number of permanent housing has dropped by almost 50 percent.

One in four homeless people in 2014 were reported as living in cars, abandoned buildings and tents.

"They are sleeping in tents around the place, and the police are putting up signs saying ‘can't camp here no more,'" said Concord resident, Robert Morin.

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