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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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