The number of people living on the streets in the U.S. increased 2.7% in 2019, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
A total of 567,715 people experienced homelessness on a single night, an increase of 14,885 from 2018.
“Homelessness among veterans and families with children continued to fall, declining 2.1 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively, in 2019,” the agency said in statement Friday.
Significant increases in unsheltered and chronic homelessness on the West Coast, particularly California and Oregon, caused the overall increase in homelessness.
Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C. experienced declines in homelessness between 2018