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Homelessness down in Maine

New numbers show a positive trend in Maine’s homeless population. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – New numbers show a positive trend in Maine’s homeless population.

Tuesday we're getting our first look at statistics for the last fiscal year.

According to the new numbers we did see a reduction in the overall homeless population.

The numbers account for individuals using housing services between July 1 of last year and June 30 of this year.

In comparison to the previous year, we saw a 9 percent decrease in the statewide homeless population.

We also saw people were experiencing homelessness for a shorter period of time.

The amount of homeless veterans decreased 14 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Probably the most notable change was in the number of long term stayers, those are the people who stayed in a shelter or outside for 180 days in a year period.

That number plummeted from 262 individuals in 2013 to 70 people last year, a 73 percent decrease.

There was an increase in the number of families who were experiencing long term homelessness.

According to the Maine Housing Authority, the increase is likely due to the availability of Section Eight housing.

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