Wisconsin homelessness down 6 percent compared to last year

While the number is down, there is still concern over the homeless youth in the state.

A pedestrian gives money to a homeless woman on a street corner in midtown Manhattan in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. As bitter winter weather arrived in the Northeast, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring the homeless to be forcibly removed from the streets in freezing temperatures, an unprecedented government intervention that faced immediate legal questions and backlash. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A pedestrian gives money to a homeless woman on a street corner in midtown Manhattan in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. As bitter winter weather arrived in the Northeast, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring the homeless to be forcibly removed from the streets in freezing temperatures, an unprecedented government intervention that faced immediate legal questions and backlash. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Homelessness in Wisconsin declined by more than double the national rate this year according to figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that homelessness across the state was down about 6 percent this year compared to 2015.

Department spokeswoman Gina Rodriguez says the number of people in Wisconsin who are chronically homeless has dropped by about 62 percent since 2010. She says the overall decline shows government efforts across the state focused on reducing chronic homelessness are paying off.

Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness executive director Joseph Volk says he continues to worry about homeless youth in the state. He says families with children need more attention even though helping groups is more challenging than individuals.