10.31.14: Michigan, US officials differ on homeless figures
DETROIT (AP) — Federal and state officials differ on the number of people in Michigan they say are homeless.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday the number of homeless in the state is up 700 from last year to 12,227.
Michigan officials say the number is nearly eight times as high, with a total of 92,341.
HUD came up with its number by using “point in time” counts that measured the homeless on one night in late January.
Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness executive director Eric Hufnagel tells the News the federal government’s method vastly undercounts the number of homeless.
Despite the discrepancy, both sets of officials say improvements are being made that will help reduce the number of homeless locally and nationwide.