RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County's homeless population increased by nearly 3% in the last year, but the number of chronically homeless people dropped by 27%, according to the Department of Public Social Services. The department published its findings for the Board of Supervisors to review Tuesday, but because of an hours-long hearing on proposals to roll back the county's coronavirus-related restrictions, the 2020 Point-In-Time Homeless Count was given only a brief look. The data show that during January's homeless count, 2,884 adults and youths were identified as homeless, compared to 2,811 in the 2019 count. The number of chronically homeless persons was estimated to be 529 -- down from 727 in 2019, according to DPSS. A chronically homeless person is defined as someone who has been
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