Chronic homelessness decreases, but overall homelessness up

Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-30 14:09:00-04

A survey shows chronic homelessness in Utah has decreased by nine percent since last year, but the overall rate of homelessness has increased by 13 percent.

The rate of homelessness is measured in an annual "Point in Time" count as requited by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This year's count was conducted on January 25 and more than 3,500 people in Utah were counted as homeless.

The Point in Time count helps determine how federal funding and services are applied to the homeless population.