HUD report shows drop in Louisiana homeless population

Posted at 7:20 AM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 08:20:53-05

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A new federal report says homelessness in Louisiana dropped this year.

The latest national snapshot released Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says 3,059 people in Louisiana were homeless on a single night in 2018. That’s a decline of more than 7 percent from the previous year.

The HUD report says about two-thirds of Louisiana’s homeless were in emergency shelters or transitional housing.

The estimates are built off reporting by local communities, including data collected on a night in January when volunteers identify people who are homeless.

Louisiana is one of 31 states that reported a decline in homelessness in this year’s findings. But the HUD report also says Louisiana has seen a 6 percent rise from last year to this year in homelessness among veterans.