With 9,160 homeless people, the county has the fourth-largest population of any region in the nation, trailing only New York City (76,501), Los Angeles County (55,188) and Seattle/King County (11,643).
Louisiana's population has declined by over 17 percent in the a year ago, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It's an increase of 45 people from a year ago.
Nationwide, the number of homeless military veterans went up 1.5 percent past year, and that group now makes up 9.1 percent of the total homeless population, according to the report.
Skornogoski also noted a lot of people in the count are chronically homeless and have bigger picture problems such as substance abuse and mental health problems that need to be addressed. The number dropped in the following years, but has never returned to the lower numbers seen before 2011.
It does not take into account families and individuals who might experience homelessness at other times during the year.
HUD's national estimate is based upon data reported by about 3,000 cities and counties nationwide. That represents a.7 percent increase nationally over past year.
Opportunities Inc., YWCA Mercy Home, St. Vincent de Paul, Volunteers of America, Family Promise and Voices of Hope 2-1-1 are working together to assess each homeless person, determine their needs and connect them to services needed to find them stable housing.
"In many high-cost areas of our country, especially along the West Coast, the severe shortage of affordable housing is manifesting itself on our streets", said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "This is not a federal problem-it's everybody's problem". "While we have made significant strides in reducing the number of individuals experiencing homelessness, we must remain committed to implementing strategies that make it a rare, brief and non-recurring event". Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent.
Overall, 68.2 percent of the homeless in California are unsheltered, the highest rate of any state.
The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 8.8 percent since 2016 and 68.7 percent since 2010.
HUD says more than 4,800 of Indiana's homeless residents were found in emergency shelters or transitional housing and almost 570 were living on the streets.
Volunteers counted about 600 homeless military veterans.
The annual count found about 300 unaccompanied homeless IN youth and children. This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, hard to count population. HUD will treat 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.