HUD: Homelessness drops 58 percent in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS - New federal statistics say homelessness in Louisiana has dropped by 58 percent in Louisiana, and by 73 percent in the New Orleans-Jefferson Parish area.
Friday's figures are from a national survey by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that says the number of homeless people declined nationally for a third straight year.
Louisiana's homeless population dropped from 12,482 in 2010 to 5,226 this year; In New Orleans and Jefferson, the total number dropped from 8,725 to 2,337.
Homeless populations also dropped 25 percent in Baton Rouge: from 1,118 to 833; by 22 percent in the Slidell area, from 357 to 276; and by 16 percent in the Shreveport-Bossier area, from 830 to 692.
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