- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The homeless population has decreased nationally and in Mississippi over the past year.

The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1I5B4jC ) reports there was a 2 percent drop in homelessness nationwide and a 10.9 percent decrease in Mississippi.

The data, released Thursday, is collected on one night each year in January by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In Mississippi, department figures estimate there were 1,983 homeless people in the state on the day the survey was conducted. Additionally, there were 564,708 people without homes nationwide.

Reginald Glenn, coordinator for the Mississippi Balance of State organization, says the organization has used $3.2 million effectively to make a dent in the homeless population.

The homeless population in Mississippi has declined each year since 2009, the newspaper reports.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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