Report Highlights Changes In State's Homeless Population

Dec 15, 2014

A report on homelessness says New Hampshire's overall homeless population has decreased by 3 percent, but says there's been an increase among veterans and chronic cases.

In a report out Monday, the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness says the overall decrease started in 2011 thanks to the collective work of agencies, policymakers and others. It says more resources are needed, including continued investment in affordable housing.

The homeless count in New Hampshire was estimated at 1,685 in 2013; it's estimated at 1,635 in 2014. Veterans make up about 11 percent of the total.

"Chronic homelessness" is defined as an individual or family with at least one disabled adult who has been continuously homeless for over one year, or has experienced four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.