Number of homeless drops slightly from 2014 to 2015

The number of homeless people in the United States fell 2 percent from 2014, the Obama administration announced on Thursday.

On a single night in the last week of January, the government counted 564,708 homeless people who were either sheltered or unsheltered. That's down slightly from the 578,424 people counted on a single night in January, 2014. Since 2007, the overall homeless count has decreased 11 percent, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Despite the overall decrease, the government is conceding that it will not reach its goal, set in 2010 by the Interagency Council on Homelessness, of ending veteran homelessness by the end of the year. As of January 2015, there were 47,725 homeless veterans, a 4 percent decrease since 2014. However, since 2010 there has been a 47 percent decrease in the number of homeless veterans.

In addition to the goal of ending veteran homelessness, the Obama administration also set a goal of ending homelessness for families, youth and children by 2020.

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