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Report: Far fewer homeless in New Orleans than after Katrina

Homelessness was an out-of-control problem after Hurricane Katrina, but has been reined in a decade after the catastrophic storm, according to a report released Thursday. A recent count found about 1,703 chronically homeless people in New Orleans and the neighboring metropolitan area of Jefferson Parish, according to UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a collaboration of homeless agencies. That's an 85 percent decline in homelessness since 2007, when it was at its peak after Katrina with 11,619 homeless people. In 2007, a park in front of City Hall sprouted with tents erected by the homeless. At the time, the homeless encampment became an embarrassment to then-Mayor Ray Nagin. Advocates...

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