The number of homeless people in Mahoning County dropped nearly 18% last year according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The finding is based on a count conducted on a single night in January of last year that found 180 homeless persons in Youngstown and the rest of the county. Of that number, 157 people were in shelters while 23 had no place to stay.

Mahoning County had the largest percentage decrease in homelessness in Ohio, which had an overall increase of .9% last year due to increases in Columbus and other parts of the state.

On that single night in January 2019, state and local planning agencies around Ohio reported 10,345 people were homeless representing an overall 0.9% percent increase from 2018 and a -17.7 percent decrease since 2010.

Most homeless persons were sheltered 85.4% (8,838), while some (1,507) were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs.

The number of families with children experiencing homelessness in 2019 (3,304) declined by 0.5% percent since 2018. The vast majority of families with children experiencing homelessness were sheltered in emergency or transitional housing 96.4%, (3,186)

That single-night count found 676 veterans experienced homelessness in Ohio, a decrease of -9.7% since January 2018.

There were 807 individuals experiencing chronic or long-term homelessness in Ohio.



Nationally, HUD reported an increase of 2.7%.

There is significant local variation reported from different parts of the country. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia reported declines in homelessness between 2018 and 2019, while 21 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness in California increased by 21,306 people, or 16.4 percent, which is more than the total national increase of every other state combined.