- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Coalition for the Homeless says recent counts indicate the homeless population in Louisville has declined by more than 5 percent.

The organization said in a statement on Tuesday that the 2016 Louisville Homeless Census and the 2017 Point in Time Count indicate there were 6,373 homeless people served between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 31, 2016. In comparison, 6,717 were served the previous year. The report, however, noted there was an increase in the amount of people living on the streets.

Coalition Director Natalie Harris said the overall decrease was “encouraging” and credited programs targeting veteran and chronic homelessness.

She said the increase in unsheltered homeless shows a need for more emergency shelters and transitional housing. Agencies are trying to address the need by seeking more funding and researching programs that could help.

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