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Short-term housing, wraparound services help Bucks cut homeless rate by 20 percent

Efforts to reduce the number of homeless people in Bucks County appear to be paying off.

In 2017, the county’s annual point-in-time count found 511 people were living on the streets, in a shelter, or transitional housing.

A year later, the same data shows that total has dipped to 397 people, a roughly 20 percent drop.

A combination of factors explains the decline, with a shift toward rapid-rehousing programs perhaps playing the biggest role, according to experts.

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