Amount of Families in Shelters Increases

The number of families in homeless shelters increased by 7% in 2009, according to a new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"The number of families in homeless shelters increased 7% to 170,129 from fiscal year 2008 through fiscal year 2009, a report released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found. At the same time, the overall number of homeless people in shelters fell 2% to 1.56 million.

"As the nation's housing and job markets show encouraging signs of recovery, there are still far too many families who are on the brink of becoming homeless or have fallen into our shelter system,' Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement."

The amount of people with children living in homeless shelters increased by 30% between 2007 and 2009, according to the report.

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