Homeless census a mixed bag

The number of homeless people living on the city’s streets decreased almost 7 percent from a year ago, but the number of people homeless has risen by about 4 percent, according to the City’s 2013 homeless census.

The Gazette contacted the Mayor’s Office to see if any Jamaica Plain-specific numbers were available, but it did not respond by the Gazette’s deadline.

According to the census, 180 homeless people were found living on the city’s streets. That is a decrease of 13 people from the previous year.

But the number of people who were homeless rose 3.8 percent. The census found 7,255 homeless men, women and children, an increase of 263 from the previous year.

The census, which was the City’s 34th annual, was conducted on the night of Dec. 16.

One major shelter, hopeFound, operates on Morton Street in Jamaica Plain next to the Shattuck Hospital.

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