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Chronic homelessness is down 72 percent from 2005

Volunteers serve steak dinners and all the trimmings with gifts for all guests for homeless and low-income individuals and families at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.
Volunteers serve steak dinners and all the trimmings with gifts for all guests for homeless and low-income individuals and families at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.
Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Number of Utah chronic homeless dropped 72 percent since 2005 state officials announced Monday.

From 2011 to 2012 the number dropped by 9 percent said Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.

However, the overall rate of homelessness increased by 13 percent.

The numbers are based on the annual Point In Time Count as requited by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This year's count was conducted on January 25.