Seattle’s homeless population grows more than 40-percent in two years
For the first time since 2010, America’s homeless population has increased.
In January, cities across the U.S. conduct an annual Point in Time count. This year’s collected data is now a part of a report that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released Wednesday.
The report revealed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the nation. That is up 1 percent from 2016.
In Seattle, the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent over two years to nearly 5,500.
Wednesday night, a homeless man named Edward said for him it was the “rent factor.”
There’s a homeless encampment down the street from me (in Seattle). It is huge and filthy and I’ve seen what appears to be children living in there. A guy who works at my local gas station and lives in the encampment told me about their rat infestation. He said the rats are really aggressive and sometimes bite people, and people don’t always wake up from the bites because they’re on heroin. I asked him if he’s looked into the city’s housing assistance programs, and he says he doesn’t qualify for help because he has a DUI on his record and no dependents.