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Report: NY sees dramatic drop in homeless veterans

Over the last five years, New York has seen a dramatic decline in the number of veterans who are homeless. (WHAM photo)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Over the last five years, New York has seen a dramatic decline in the number of veterans who are homeless.

A new report released Friday by the New York State Comptroller's Office shows a decrease of more than 78 percent from 2011 to 2016. That number stood at 5,765 individuals in 2011; it dropped to 1,248 in 2016. The data was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Due to federal funding uncertainty for programs that assist homeless veterans, some programs may be in jeopardy and lose their federal funding.

Veteran homelessness is a chronic issue in all states, but four states - New York among them - accounted for half of the homeless veterans in the nation. California, Florida and Texas were the others.

A lack of affordable housing, low wages, and long-term unemployment plague U.S. veterans, some of whom suffer from other traumas that may increase the risk of homelessness.

Since 2015, federal agencies have recognized the Rochester area, along with other areas of the state, for successfully implementing the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness program.

The full report on Homeless Veterans in New York State can be read here.

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