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Federal government says N.H. homeless population increased by 2 percent

  • At 6:00pm Mike Lafontaine (right) unlocks the door to the homeless shelter at First Congregational Church in Concord as Robert Bryant (left) and Erik Collin wait to go inside; Thursday; December 15, 2011. Te Friendly Kitchen closes at 6:00pm, the same time the shelter opens.<br/><br/>(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor staff)<br/>

A ONE-DAY census of New Hampshire’s homeless population showed a 2 percent increase from last year, according to the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees a nationwide head count of sheltered and non-sheltered homeless people on one night each January. While New Hampshire showed an increase, the same point-in-time census showed a marginal decline nationally of .04 percent. The national mumbers showed a bigger drop – 7 percent – in the number of veterans who are homeless.

Here are the statistics for New Hampshire from HUD:

Legacy Comments1

For anyone who works with or provides services to this population knows these numbers are not even close to accurate. Thanks God these folks don't work in the capacity of counting money. Oh' I forgot people are worth far more than money. Fire these census counters and give the jobs to the homeless. They will be far more accurate and honest about the plight of these people.

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