MEDFORD, Ore. — New studies from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development show Oregon’s homeless population is dwindling. According to the department, homeless populations in the state have dropped 12% in the past year and more than 30% in the past 7 years.
But housing and support agencies here say those numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Jason Bull with Medford’s Gospel Mission says HUD uses a broad definition of homelessness, and in fact the number of people actually living on the streets who they serve is just as high as ever.
More children are also being served in local forms for at risk youth. Hearts with a Mission went from housing 80 kids in 2010 to 127 in 2013.
Find out why those living in homelessness say the problem won’t go away until more people are willing to seek help for themselves — tonight on Newswatch 12 at 5 and 6.