SC homeless numbers increase

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The number of South Carolinians experiencing homelessness grew by 20 percent since 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) most recent national estimate of homelessness. Nationwide, the number of people experiencing homelessness dropped an overall 11 percent that same time period.

The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress noted a 235 percent increase in chronically homeless individuals in the Palmetto State from 2014 to 2015. In addition, the state’s numbers of homeless people in families with children increased 14.2 percent in the last year, logged by HUD as one of the largest increases in that category.

According to the estimate created during a point-in-time survey in January 2015, South Carolina has an estimated 5,354 homeless people.

“Nationwide, veteran homelessness declined 36 percent between 2010 and 2015; family homelessness dropped 19 percent, and chronic homelessness fell 22 percent. Meanwhile in South Carolina, veteran homelessness rose 11 percent between 2010 and 2015; family homelessness rose 8 percent, and chronic homelessness rose 36 percent,” HUD said.

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