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Dec 17, 2015 4:23 PM

Report says homelessness numbers in NH unchanged 2014-2015

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER (AP) — The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness says the number of people experiencing homelessness has remained unchanged from 2014 to 2015.

Coalition director Cathy Kuhn says a number of factors have slowed the statewide progress in ending homelessness, including "an increasingly scare affordable housing market."

Some factors pointing to improving conditions for the homeless population include a sharp decline in the number of people living unsheltered, down 33 percent; fewer veterans experiencing homelessness, down 21 percent; and an increase in the average income of the working poor, up 24 percent.

Factors pointing to worsening conditions include low vacancy rates statewide, or 2.2 percent in 2015; an increase in the number of families experiencing homelessness, up 8 percent; and an increase in the number of students experiencing homelessness, up 1.5 percent.

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