Homelessness in Florida Drops Across the State

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Florida-- The Department of Children and Families say they're seeing positive trends in the state's homeless problem.

The state uses the annual 24 hours counting event known as the point in time, to determine the total number of homeless people on the streets or in shelters.

The information helps determine the county's state and federal funding levels for homeless programs.

The most recent point in time count took place at the end of January.

Volunteers with the Homeless and Hunger Coalition of Northwest Florida spend the 24 hour period canvassing areas where the homeless are known to congregate and record their information.

This year's results show the homeless population in Bay County to be about the same as last ear, but significantly less than 2011, which was the peak of the homeless local problem.

The state numbers are very positive.

The homeless rate was down by 10,000 people this year and the overall number is down 25% since 2007.

While the findings are optimistic, the report also found too many children, families and US veterans remain homeless.