Fewer veterans were homeless in 2018, after a worrisome rise last year

WASHINGTON — The number of homeless veterans decreased by about 5 percent this year according to new estimates from federal researchers, an encouraging turnaround after disappointing results the year before.

Housing and Urban Development officials now estimate about 38,000 veterans across the country are without stable housing on any given night, roughly half the number on the streets in 2010.

The drop among female veterans in the last year was even more significant. HUD officials estimated a 10 percent drop in homelessness among that population, and credited the good news with continued commitment from federal, state and local leaders on the issue.

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