Group Says Number of Homeless Down

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The group Unity of Greater New Orleans says the number of homeless people since Hurricane Katrina is down 79 percent.

Unity is made up of 60 different agencies that help the homeless.

Last month hundreds of volunteers counted the number of homeless people in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

They foundĀ  about half of what they counted last year.

Unity says an increase in affordable housing is one reason for the improving numbers.

The group says relatives of homeless people are starting to be able to shelter members of their family.

Unity says the amount of homeless people is still higher than it was before the Hurricane Katrina.