PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — While new numbers show homelessness is on the decline elsewhere in the nation, Rhode Island is seeing increases in the number of people without a place to live.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released numbers indicating the number of homeless men, women and children declined by nearly 4 percent between 2012 and 2013. The numbers are based on a headcount performed across the country on a single night in January.
Rhode Island, however, saw its number of homeless people rise by nearly 8 percent from 1,282 in 2012 to 1,384 this year.
Overall, 20 states saw some increase in homelessness, including Massachusetts, New York and California.
According to the national report, nearly one in four homeless people is under the age of 18.