Homelessness remained essentially unchanged from 2016 in the Utica area, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a news release.
Overall homelessness increased by 1.3 percent and HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress also found a 60 percent decline in chronic or long-term homelessness in Utica, Oneida and Madison counties, the release said.
More broadly, the Utica area has seen a 52.8 percent decline in overall homelessness since 2010, and seen big decreases among key targeted populations over the same period including a 57.9 percent decline in chronic homelessness, and a 17.4 percent decline in family homelessness, the release said.
Providers also reported that zero veterans were experiencing homelessness the night the count was conducted in January 2017.
“The Utica area is punching above its weight when it comes to tackling homelessness,” Lynne Patton, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, said in a news release. “Their continued success in getting people off the streets reflects the payoff of careful planning and hard work that I know will continue in the coming years.”