Homelessness drops across TN, nation

Homelessness has declined nationwide and in Tennessee, according to the latest estimates by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The agency counted 9,528 homeless individuals in Tennessee — down by 748 from 2010. The annual estimate measures homelessness on a single night in January each year in more than 3,000 localities.

Homelessness among military veterans was down 8 percent and "chronic" homelessness down 7 percent. President Barack Obama said he wants to end those forms of homelessness by 2015 in what he calls the Opening Doors plan.

Locally, the "How's Nashville" campaign has made a difference in recent months. The new program, which allows the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency to set aside Section 8 housing vouchers, helped house 32 formerly homeless people between July and November. MDHA has asked for more landlords to accept the vouchers.


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