Chicago Homeless

CHICAGO (AP) -- A city census says just 24 homeless people live on downtown Chicago streets.

It's a number that's sharply lower than estimates from homeless advocates.

The downtown count was released yesterday, the same day Mayor Richard Daley said homelessness across the city was down 12 percent.

Daley says his ten-year Plan to End Homelessness has reduced the number to five thousand-922, down from six thousand-715.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Ed Shurna says the city's count is "ludicrous."

He says the actual nightly homeless population is more than 21 thousand. The higher number includes people who live with relatives and friends.

The 15-week city poll found an average of 92 people on the streets at noon, with just 24 sleeping downtown at five a.m.

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