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Clark County’s Homeless Total Down

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — There are more homeless people currently living on the streets of Clark County than there were in 2009, but homelessness overall has dropped by 15 percent since then.

A Clark County homeless census published Thursday shows that the number of locals without shelter grew by 581 people, or 19 percent, since 2009.

The biennial census was completed in January.

It found that the total homeless population dropped by 2,000 people.

The decline stems from a sharp drop in homeless people who live at shelters or transitional housing programs, but don’t have permanent housing.

There were more than 7,000 homeless people with temporary shelter in January 2009. That number dropped to roughly 4,000 homeless this year.

Overall, Clark County had more than 11,200 homeless people at the time of the census.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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