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Recession, Local Differences Reflected In Homeless Rates

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness released its first ever "State of Homelessness in America." It looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, which saw a 3 percent increase in its homeless population, just below the report's national average. Virginia, meanwhile, reported a 3.5 percent increase.

The study looked at statistics from 2008 and 2009. The group says it shows how the recession, with its high unemployment rates, high foreclosure rates and drop in income added to the overall homeless population.

It also broke down the data into subsets. For example, it looked at the number of homeless families, which increased significantly across the board.

While the number of chronically homeless also increased in Maryland, it fell in Virginia by a little bit and by a lot in the District.


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