Homelessness Declines in the U.S.

The new government figure is based on a survey conducted on a single night in January

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For the third year in a row, the U.S. homelessness epidemic shows signs of improvement.

A government survey released Thursday measured 610,000 people in 3,000 cities and counties were homeless on a single night in January. While the number is significant, it is down 4 percent, from 633,782, in 2013.

The Housing and Urban Development Department study also saw a decrease in homeless veterans by nearly 8 percent from last year. The organization attributes that figure to increased participation in government vouchers which curb housing costs.