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April 24, 2014, 1:36 am
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Homeless Population Numbers Are Mixed


New numbers on homelessness have good and bad news for Illinois.

 

Overall, the number of people identified as homeless at some point during the year went up 1% in 2012… even though the national rate was down slightly.

 

But officials say there are still hopeful signs… including a 13% decrease in the “chronically homeless,” identified as those who are homeless for a year or longer.

 

They say the credit goes to an increase in federal funds for “supportive housing” and other programs for the chronically homeless.

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