The number of homeless in the United States fell 3.7 percent in 2013 and remained in 610.042, the lowest figure of the past decade, according to data from the report “State of the homeless 2013” released Thursday.
The homeless rate stood at 19 per 10,000 inhabitants, compared to 20 per 10,000 inhabitants in 2012, when the total homeless amounted to 633.782.
However, the rate of homelessness varies between eight per 10,000 inhabitants of Mississippi to 106 per 10,000 in Washington, DC.
The drop in the numbers of homeless was above average in the case of homeless families, which fell seven percent (of 239.403 people living with their families homeless in 2012 to 222.197 in 2013), and that of the chronically homeless, which declined by 7.3% (from 99.894 to 92.593).
Also, the number of homeless veterans was also down 7.3 percent from 62.619 in 2012 to 58.063 in 2013, bringing the rate becomes 27 per 10,000 homeless veterans.
In addition, the report also reflects that 46.924 young homeless and without family support, representing eight percent of the homeless population.
Promises rise in home sales
On the other hand, promises of home sales in the US in April recorded its second consecutive increase, said Thursday the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
After an increase of 3.4 percent in March, rose 0.4% in April, data corrected for seasonal variations, when analysts expected a further increase of 1.0%.