The number of homeless people in the United States has increased for the first time since 2010.
Just under 554,000 people were homeless, a report from the department of housing and urban development said.
West Coast cities like Los Angeles, as well as New York, contributed significantly to the rise.
Los Angeles saw the number of homeless inhabitants rise to 55,000 – an increase of almost a quarter in a single year.
Other cities recording a large increase include Seattle, San Diego and Sacramento.
The relatively large increases in those areas have pushed the national figure up by a little under 1%.


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