Homeless vet numbers on rise in Mid-Michigan

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Published: Nov. 5, 2018 at 5:09 PM EST
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The number of homeless veterans has dropped 10 percent over the past year.

When you look at the last 10 years, it's gone down by 28 percent.

A new national estimate is out from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The homeless vet numbers in Ingham and Jackson counties appear to be going in the wrong direction.

While veteran homelessness decreased statewide by 10 percent, compared to about 5.5 percent nationwide, Ingham and Jackson counties saw an increase in veteran homelessness.

But you have to put these figures in the perspective of the actual numbers.

The report shows that Ingham County has three more homeless veterans than in 2017, an increase of 11 percent.

Jackson County has five more than last year, a 500 percent increase from last year.

The biggest decrease statewide was in Macomb County where there was a 71 percent drop.

"We've made great strides in our efforts to end veteran homelessness, but we still have a lot of work to do," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

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