News 6 december — 21:28

US homeless people numbers rise for first time in seven years

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The number of homeless people in the United States has increased for the first time since 2010, BBC reports.

Just under 554,000 people were homeless, a report from the department of housing and urban development said.

West Coast cities like Los Angeles, as well as New York, contributed significantly to the rise.

Los Angeles saw the number of homeless inhabitants rise to 55,000 - an increase of almost a quarter in a single year.

The annual estimate, due to be unveiled later, was seen in advance by the Associated Press news agency.

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