RICHMOND, VA- The number of Virginians experiencing homelessness has decreased.
Governor McDonnell announced Wednesday the overall homelessness rate in Virginia declined eight percent from 2010 to 2012.
The homelessness rate among families declined 11 percent in the same time period, the governor said.
Additionally, the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness in Virginia has declined 36 percent.
"Affordable and safe housing is a fundamental component of healthy and prosperous communities," Governor McDonnell said in a press release Wednesday.
The 2012 Governor's Housing Conference is being held this week in Roanoke and will focus on new visions for housing and communities across the Commonwealth.
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