The numbers come from a one-night count of Colorado’s homeless back in January. That census found more than 10,000 homeless people in the state, a 6 percent increase over the 2015 count.
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Despite that increase, the longer-term trend is in the opposite direction with homelessness declining by a third since 2010.
Nearly three-quarters of Colorado’s homeless people are in temporary accommodations – motels, shelters, or someone else’s home. The other 28 percent live on the street or in a vehicle.
Colorado had the nation’s largest increase in homeless veterans last year, with 231 more counted over 2015. The census also tallied more than 650 unaccompanied young people.
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