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.
(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor staff)
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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: