SALT LAKE CITY -- State officials say a new survey shows the number of homeless people across Utah has declined.
The Utah State Community Services Office is reporting the number of homeless people in Utah is down compared with last year.
Officials are attributing that to more attention being given to the homeless issue.
The results from the 2011 Point-in-Time Count survey were being released at a Wednesday news conference.
Volunteers of America spokesman Zach Bale in Salt Lake City says the improvement is largely due to an increase of housing provided for the chronically homeless.
He says what the numbers don't show is the the unemployment, home foreclosure and financial pressures leading to homelessness among youths and families.