HOMELESSNESS ON THE RISE IN NEW MEXICO
NEW MEXICO (KSMX) – A new report recently released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows homelessness in the state is on the rise. More than 2,500 people experienced at least a night of homelessness in New Mexico in 2018, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. In the report, New Mexico about 12 in every 10,000 people or a 2.8 percent increase in homelessness since 2017. The report also showed that behind Montana, New Mexico had the second highest percentage of homeless veterans in the country. That number rose 16.9 percent from 2017. The count totaled 2,551 people, which included 290 veterans, 182 unaccompanied youth and more than 600 people in families with children. New York and California headed the list as the states with the highest number of homelessness.