Report says Homeless Numbers Down, Local Charities Disagree

LAS VEGAS -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is reporting fewer homeless people in Nevada.

However, according to the nonprofits that deal with homeless people everyday, there is no improvement.

HUD bases its report on information from housing and service provided to it every January. The number of homeless people in Nevada dropped from 10,500 in 2011 to just under 10,000 in 2012, according to HUD.

The leaders of local charities disagree with those numbers.

"We know first hand, because we see it everyday, that the demand for housing and the demand for services is going up," Veterans Village founder Arnold Stalk said.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly says HUD's report is probably close to the mark and is encouraged by the sign of improvement. However, he says the county will take a more accurate census in January.

During that homeless count, volunteers will take to the streets and actually count as many homeless as they can find.


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