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Homeless Number Drops In Clark County

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File photo of Las Vegas' homeless. (photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of Las Vegas’ homeless. (photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Las Vegas, NV) Officials say the number of homeless people in Clark County continues to drop from its peak in 2009.

Authorities say they counted 7,355 homeless people during a two-day census in January. That included more than 3,000 people living on the streets.

That number is down 22 percent over the past two years.

Tyrone Thompson of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Commission says data show there’s been significant progress to address homelessness, but much more needs to be done.

“We check with the shelters to see how many people have been there at one point im time. We also go out to different areas throught the community,” Thompson says.

Clark County’s homeless population peaked at more than 13,000 people in 2009. That number has dropped nearly 45 percent since then.

The census estimates nearly 34,000 people in southern Nevada experienced homelessness at some point during the previous year.

“We count the people who go to the emergency shelters at night. There are also our unsheltered which are either those living out on the streets or they are living in a means that is not meant for human habitat,” Thompson says.

This was the sixth homeless census conducted in Clark County. The entire report can be read at helphopehome.org.

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