Homelessness up by 7 percent in Washington despite it's down nationwide


A point-in-time counts found 7.3 percent more homeless people in Washington state this year than in 2015.

The Seattle Times reports that according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report released Thursday there were 1,408 more people sleeping outside an in shelters.

>> Check out which local communities have homeless populations that are going down. Read the department of housing and development report here. 

The increase is the second-largest in the country, falling only behind California. In all, there were 20,827 homeless people counted in Washington.

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Homelessness has grown in the Seattle-King County area while it has dropped in Everett-Snohomish County, Tacoma-Pierce County, Spokane, Yakima, Vancouver-Clark County and the rest of Washington.

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Overall 13 states saw increases from 2015 to 2016. In seven, including Washington, at least half of the people counted were sleeping without shelter.

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