Wyoming's homeless population continues to rise


The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development show this is the first time homelessness has gone up in Utah in six years. That figure is up almost 1 percent from 2016.

Of those, 35.6 percent (544) were unsheltered and 64.4 percent (985) were sheltered, the report stated.

In fast-growing Seattle, the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent to almost 5,500 over the past two years. Much of that increases was attributed to soaring rents in places like Los Angeles and North Dakota. Now, even a temporary setback can be enough to leave them out on the streets.

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.

- The number of families with children experiencing homelessness in 2017 ( 3,904 ), decreased by 15.2 percent ( or 700 persons ) since 2016 and decreased by 42.8 percent ( 2,923 ) since 2010.

Kim Skornogoski, marketing director for United Way of Cascade County, said while estimates are "solid" numbers, they do not reflect the full scope of homelessness in the community.

The outbreak prompted California officials to declare a state of emergency in October. That's especially true on the West Coast. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent. He said it takes some people as long as eight months to find an affordable house, adding that some times it has to do with job availability and what the job is paying. Almost half of them were living unsheltered.

He said the Great Falls Rescue Mission Cameron Family Center has been open for less than a year, has 34 family rooms and every one of those rooms is filled.

3,305 people were homeless representing an overall 17.3 percent decrease from 2016 and a 73.5 percent decrease since 2010.

In the West Coast states, the surge in homelessness has become part of the fabric of daily life.

"We are turning families away", he said.

2,330 were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 975 persons were unsheltered.

"Los Angeles' homelessness crisis was not created in a vacuum, and it can not be solved by L.A. alone", Garcetti said in a statement. Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness and veterans increased.

The California counties of Sacramento, which includes the state capital, and Alameda, which is home to Oakland, also had one-year increases of more than 1,000 homeless people. This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, hard to count population.

Nationwide, the number of homeless military veterans went up 1.5 percent a year ago, and that group now makes up 9.1 percent of the total homeless population, according to the report.

Homelessness went down in 30 states around the country, according to the report.

-Third in the number of homeless veterans, with 1,067.

Those who work regularly with the homeless said it is certainly an undercount, although many advocates and officials argued that the result correctly identifies trend lines.

The Buffalo woman (who asked to only use her first name) told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly that she uses library resources everyday to try and find a new job.