- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - New data shows that more than 2,500 Arkansas residents are homeless, yet the latest numbers indicate that this population is actually on the decline.

KATV-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1N3kz3B ) that U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the new numbers Thursday after dozens of volunteers with the Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless compiled data for Lonoke, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline counties in January.

The 2015 numbers showed a 12 percent decrease for the whole state compared to 2013.

Homeless young adults decreased by 68 percent, unsheltered homeless decreased by 33 percent, and the chronically homeless decreased by 41 percent.

Central Arkansas saw an even greater overall drop of 22 percent. Eight hundred and thirty people were counted across the four-county survey area.

Homeless veterans in central Arkansas decreased by 27 percent.

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Information from: KATV-TV, https://www.katv.com/

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