- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A new report says homelessness in Utah fell 10 percent overall last year. But it also shows an increase in the number of people in the state who are chronically homeless.

The Deseret News reports (https://tinyurl.com/lnnjdwv) 150 people in Salt Lake County were added to the list of chronically homeless in the 2014 survey required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s an increase of 8.8 percent.

The chronically homeless include people who have been homeless once within the past year or have had three episodes of homelessness in four years.

Housing officials think the increase is due mostly to more accurate record keeping.

Despite the increase from a year ago, officials say chronic homelessness has decreased 72 percent statewide since 2005.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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