A report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released Thursday shows a 23 percent decline in Arizona's homeless population over the last three years.
Homeless housing and service providers in Arizona communities reported that the number of sheltered and unsheltered persons decreased by 3,149 individuals since 2010, from 13,711 to 10,562, according to the report.
The report also showed that nearly 20 percent of the nation's homeless were counted in either Los Angeles (9 percent of total or 53,798) or New York City (11 percent of total or 64,060).
Los Angeles experienced the largest increase among major cities, reporting 11,445 more homeless people (or 27 percent) in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the report. New York City reported 7,388 more homeless people (or 13 percent).
HUD said its annual "point-in-time" estimates measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January of each year.
Based on data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties, the 2012 one-night estimate showed an 8 percent drop in homelessness among veterans and a 7 percent decline among those experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness.
Yearly changes to a state's housing and economic conditions, as well as adjustments in local data collection methods, can produce significant differences when attempting to compare one year to the next, according to HUD.
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