Homelessness rises in NYC, defying nationwide trend
Despite a nationwide decline, the number of homeless people in New York City has increased by 13 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
There were 7,388 more people experiencing homelessness in the city this January compared with January 2012, according to a single-night tally.
The tally includes counts of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations.
Nationally, a total of 610,042 people were homeless, down 6.1 percent since 2010.
Homelessness among veterans, individuals and families all declined on a national level.
But the story is different in New York City and other major cities.
Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s homeless were in Los Angeles or New York City. Los Angeles experienced the largest increase among major cities, a 27 percent jump from 2012 to 2013.