Dec 15, 2014 8:17 AM

Report says homelessness has decreased 3 percent in 2014

MANCHESTER - An annual report examining the homeless population in New Hampshire found numbers declined 3 percent in 2014.

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness released its 2014 report on the State of Homelessness in New Hampshire on Monday.

However, the coalition also found "substantial increases" in veteran and chronic homeless populations.

The report examines various homeless census data and related demographic and economic factors between 2010 and 2014.

The 2014 report found overall homeless numbers declined by 3 percent, continuing a trend of decreases that began in 2011.

The NHCEH credits agencies, policies and funding for the decline.

"The decreases observed in homeless numbers are a direct reflection of the high quality of services and housing that is being provided across the state," said Cathy Kuhn, director of the NHCEH. "However, increases seen in veteran and chronic homeless numbers illustrate the continued need for investment in affordable housing and service-enriched resources in New Hampshire."

Some of the highlights of the report include:
• An increase in capacity of permanent housing programs (18 percent);
• A decline in the unemployment rate (16 percent);
• A decrease in the number of homeless students (4 percent).

While there were positive findings, there also are several areas highlighted that need improvement:
• An increase in the poverty rate (5 percent);
• An increase in the number of homeless veterans (33 percent);
• An increase in the number of chronically homeless people (44 percent).

The full report can be found here.


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