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On a single night, 553,742 people experience homelessness in the U.S. According to the latest national estimate by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, this number represents an increase of.7 percent since a year ago. That was up by more than 100, or more than 25 percent, from the year before.

A government report has found that the number of homeless people across the United States increased for the first time since 2010.

"There are days when I don't want to wake up", said 30-year-old Ashley, who found herself homeless in July after being evicted and losing her job.

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You can read the full report and explore the rest of HUD's homelessness data for 2017 here. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with almost two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report.

HUD's national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation.

A homeless man sleeps on a concrete floor outside an office building under renovation in Los Angeles.

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And that work, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday, should be aimed at building more housing - especially along the West Coast and in big cities elsewhere.

The overall homeless population in west states of California, Oregon and Washington increased by 14 percent over the past two years, of which the part considered unsheltered jumped by 23 percent to approach 110,000.

The HUD report found that on one night in January, almost one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Arkansas declined 46.1 percent.

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The number of homeless youth and children was counted as 80. "This is not a federal problem-it's everybody's problem". This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, hard to count population. "Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called 'Continuums of Care" and tens of thousands of volunteers seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings. HUD will treat 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.

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