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Colorado homelessness on the rise

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Homelessness in Colorado has increased, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). But there is an upside, although overall homelessness has increased, the number of families with children experiencing homelessness has declined 17.8 percent.

This is according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, this decline is from 2016, but overall families with children experiencing homelessness has declined 57.4 percent since 2010. 

The report also shows that veteran homelessness in Colorado has declined 8.7 percent since 2016, and 18.1 percent since 2010. 

Although certain types of homelessness has decreased, local communities reported that almost 11,000 people experience homelessness on a single night in 2017, increased 3.7 percent since last year.

“The lack of affordable housing in the Rocky Mountain Region has meant that more people are experiencing homelessness,” said HUD Rocky Mountain Deputy Regional Administrator Eric Cobb. “It is more important than ever that we work together to create and maintain affordable housing to ensure that the families, veterans, and youth of our communities have quality places to live.”

These numbers are based on data reported by around 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. 

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