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Federal study estimates state’s homeless at 4,707

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A federal study released Wednesday estimated there are nearly 4,800 homeless people living in Alabama, nearly one-third of them without shelter.

The assessment by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that some 3,263 homeless people are in shelters on any given night in the state, while another 1,444 lacked shelter.

Nationally, HUD estimated there were 754,000 homeless people in 2005.

That was about 300,000 more people than available beds in shelters and transitional housing.

The HUD estimate was based on data collected by agencies that provide services to the homeless.

Relief organizations attempted to count the number of people living on the street one night in January 2005.

As part of the project, officials tried to gather information on homeless people living in rural areas, where the problem is more difficult to track partly because of a lack of assistance offices.

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