Homelessness was up in Washington state but down nationwide this year, according to a report released Thursday.
Point-in-time counts tallied 7.3 percent more homeless people in Washington state this year than in 2015, according to an annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report released Thursday.
Nationwide, the counts carried out each January found fewer people experiencing homelessness, according to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.
Washington’s counts showed an increase of 1,408 people sleeping outside and in shelters — the country’s second-largest bump behind California. The state’s total number was 20,827.
More than half the people tallied all across America were in one of five states, including Washington. The others were California, New York, Florida and Texas.