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Homelessness in New Mexico is up, HUD report says

J.R. Oppenheim
December 06, 2017 10:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Estimates from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department show homelessness grew in New Mexico over the last year.

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HUD has released its annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. The report states New Mexico saw a 9.7 percent increase in overall homelessness compared to 2016.

The numbers are bleaker for homelessness among veterans. That figure rose 15.8 percent in New Mexico.

Nationally, the number of homeless individuals increased by 0.7 percent. HUD Secretary Ben Carson attributed the problem to an affordable housing shortage.

"With rents rising faster than incomes, we need to bring everybody to the table to produce more affordable housing and ease the pressure that is forcing too many of our neighbors into our shelters and onto our streets," he said. "This is not a federal problem -- it's everybody's problem.

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