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Sat November 30, 2013

Feds Report Drop In NM Homeless Population

Federal officials are reporting a decline of nearly 19 percent when it comes to homelessness in New Mexico.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released its latest national estimate of homelessness.

HUD officials say homeless housing and service providers in New Mexico report that the number of sheltered and unsheltered people has fallen by 656 since 2010.

The agency measures the scope of homelessness on a single night in January of each year. In New Mexico, that one-night estimate turned up 2,819 homeless people, 18.8 percent fewer than three years ago.

Of those people, the agency says about 18 percent are facing either chronic homelessness or are dealing with chronic substance abuse. More than 14 percent are victims of domestic violence.

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