CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP/AP) – A recent report estimates homelessness across the United States is down 11-percent.
According to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s annual homeless assessment report, Massachusetts has seen an increase of 27-percent since 2010, and it may have something to do with our law.
Bill Miller, the Executive Director of Friends of the Homeless, told 22News, “Our approach in Springfield is really unique. We’re really moving people through as quickly as they are able to, and we can help them with that. Well over 1,000 people come through our shelter system.”
Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a “right to shelter” law guaranteeing emergency housing for homeless families.
Also in the report, Honolulu, Hawaii has the largest number of homeless of any small U.S. city, Santa Ana and Anaheim area of Orange County, California came in second. New York City had the largest homeless population of any U.S. city.