Friday, May 17, 2013

Homeless population growing, survey shows

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

There are at least 1,171 homeless people in El Paso County, a one-day headcount revealed, up from 1,127 in 2012.

Performed as a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the headcount shows how many people were accessing services for the homeless on Jan. 29, 2013. The survey found that the county had more "sheltered" homeless than last year and fewer "unsheltered" homeless and homeless vets. The number of chronically homeless individuals increased over last year, though that was thought to be due to better data.

The survey noted that Colorado Springs School District 11 and Harrison School District 2 reported a total of 755 homeless children.

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