- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials say homelessness among military veterans in New Mexico fell by 23 percent between 2015 and 2016.

The announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veteran Affairs and Interagency Council on Homelessness on Monday comes as the agencies released data showing the number of homeless veterans nationwide has decreased by nearly half since 2010.

An annual HUD estimate of the nation’s homeless population shows as many as 40,000 veterans were homeless on any given night in January 2016.

The “point-in-time estimate” is based on data calculated from an annual homeless count taken on one night annually in cities nationwide.

The data from New Mexico showed there were 214 homeless veterans in January, down from 278 the year before.

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