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Homeless concerns on the rise in the U.S. and Shasta County

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REDDING, Calif. - The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development released the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment report to Congress which found that 553,742 people have experienced a single night of homelessness, which is an increase of .7 percent since 2016.

The assessment also showed homelessness in families with children had declined to 5.4 percent nationwide since last year.

Shasta County released their 2017 Homeless Point In Time Study back in May of 2017 which stated that the "number of chronically homeless population significantly increased from 198 to 367."

According to the Director of Housing and Community Action Agency, Laura Burch, 1,216 is the homeless count for 6 out of 7 counties in the Northstate and Shasta County alone had a 706 homeless count in 2017.

Burch said there's no way to measure if there is an increase or decrease of homelessness until the comparison of the 2017 Homeless Point In Time Study report and the 2018 Homeless Point In Time Study report is measured. The 2018 study report will be conducted on January 23, 2018 and will be released at the end of March or beginning of April.

The methodology used in the 2016 study is different from the new methodology use to conduct the 2017 Homeless Point In Time Study in Shasta County. Director Burch said comparing the two studies would not be an accurate depiction of the number of homeless. Not until the 2018 Point In Time Study report is conducted and released will the numbers be measured.

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