CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Encouraging numbers regarding homelessness in Charlotte have been released.

A new report shows the homeless population has fallen by 17 percent.

On January 29, researchers counted how many homeless people they met in a 23-hour period, and then compared the data to the previous year.

Canvassers counted 2,014 people on that night. They counted 2,418 last year.

One piece of the results is unsettling. There are more homeless veterans this year, according to the study. Researchers counted 157 this year compared to 120 in 2013.

The federal government requires communities to compile these reports every year.

Officials say 203 of the people surveyed are considered chronically homeless, meaning they ve been homeless for at least a year, or have been homeless at least four times in the last three years.

The local Acceleration Housing Initiative between the Veterans Administration, the city, the county and Charlotte Housing Authority focuses on finding shelter for chronically homeless. Since May 2013, 440 people, including 57 veterans, have found homes because of the initiative.

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