Homelessness Drops 30% from 2005 to 2007

<p>The amount of people living in homeless shelters and on U.S. streets has dropped roughly 30% since 2005, according to recent statistics compiled by the federal government.</p>
July 31, 2008, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Housing officials say the statistics, which are collected annually from more than 3,800 cities and counties, may reflect better data collection and some variation in the number of communities reporting. But officials also attribute much of the decline to a policy shift promoted by Congress and the administration that has focused federal and local resources on finding stable housing for homeless people suffering from drug addiction, mental illness or physical disabilities, long deemed the hardest to help in the homeless population."

"Under the strategy, known as 'housing first,' local officials have over the last eight years increasingly placed the chronically homeless into permanent shelter - apartments, halfway houses or rooms - and provided them with services for drug addiction, mental illness and health problems."

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Published on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in The New York Times
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