Wednesday , December 06, 2017 - 1:15 PM
People in search of a place to sleep line up behind Lantern House shelter on Thursday night, Feb. 9, 2017. Every night, shelter residents and one-time visitors wait outside to be checked in at 9 pm.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal housing officials say Utah's homeless population increased slightly last year but the number of veterans and families with children experiencing homelessness continues a seven-year decline.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the results Wednesday of its annual count of the homeless on a single night last January.
It says more than 2,800 homeless were counted in Utah communities. That's an increase of 1.6 percent from 2016, but about a 13 percent decrease since 2010.
Families with children experiencing homelessness dropped about 1 percent from last year and more than 28 percent since 2010.
The 220 U.S. veterans who were homeless in Utah was about a third fewer than January 2016 — down 36 percent from 2010.
About 2,500 homeless persons were counted in emergency shelters or transitional housing on the January night while 278 were unsheltered.