Fewer homeless living on the streets in Riverside County

RIVERISDE COUNTY, Calif. - A survey of homeless veterans in Riverside County in January found a 4% reduction among those living on the streets or in encampments, compared to a survey of the county's entire homeless population one year ago, according to a release from the Department of Public Social Services.

The overall number of homeless veterans, however, rose from 285 in January 2013 to 290 in January 2014.

The 1% increase is due largely to the number of veterans living in emergency or transitional shelters.

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The DPSS is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct a biennial count of homeless people living on streets, in abandoned buildings, at freeway overpasses and underpasses, in vehicles, encampments and other areas.

Officials said the survey is done at a 'point-in-time' in the early morning on a specific date in late January and hundreds of community volunteers assist with the count every other year.

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