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Homelessness decreases in Mecklenburg Co., according to recent survey

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Officials in Mecklenburg County released a count of homeless people in the county on Tuesday.

Around 100 volunteers from various outreach organizations in the county set out to find all those living on the streets.

In late January advocates worked with local law enforcement to check in on reported campsites.

The three-day survey found that the number of homeless people in Mecklenburg County went down over the past year.

Leaders of the survey said they found 2,014 people living outdoors.

That compared with 2,448 in a study last year.

That's a 17 percent decrease.

However there was a 31 percent rise in Veterans' homelessness.

157 vets were counted this year.

In 2013 there were 120.

However that number is down from 2009.

Mecklenburg Board County Commissioners Chairman Trevor Fuller he's encouraged by the numbers but clearly more work needs to be done.

The point in time count is required by the US Department of Housing

The survey doesn't count every single homeless person in our county but leaders of the survey say it is a very accurate estimate.

Officials hope the data collected will help them implement a 10 year plan to end and prevent homelessness.

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