Homelessness falls by 40 percent in past year in Forsyth County

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines announced Tuesday that chronic homelessness has fallen by 58 percent in Forsyth County since 2005.

The federal government defines chronic homelessness as a person who has been homeless for a year or longer or a person who has had three separate episodes of homelessness in two years and who has a disability.

According to the annual Point-in-Time homeless count in January 2005, Forsyth County had 194 chronically homeless individuals.

The 2013 count found 82.

The information gathered is a joint effort from the Ten Year Plan Commission on Homelessness and the Forsyth County Homeless Council.

According to the report, the homeless veteran count has decreased by 49 percent since 2007, from 74 to 38.

The groups also reports a 40 percent decrease in total homelessness in the last year.

The number of homeless in Forsyth County is now 407 -- the lowest since the county began keeping track of that number in 1996.

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