WASHINGTON, D.C. - A study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows homelessness is declining in West Virginia and Ohio.
The study says the homeless rate in West Virginia is down 5.6 percent from 2016 and down more than 42 percent from 2010.
According to HUD, 7 out of every 10,000 people in the Mountain State were experiencing homelessness.
The 2017 reported homeless population in West Virginia includes 277 families with children and 137 veterans.
Ohio reported more than 10,000 homeless people in 2017, almost a 20 percent decline from 2010.
According to the study, more than half a million people were homeless in the United States in 2017.
To read the full study, click the "2017 HUD Homelessness Report" link under the "Related Links" section of this story.