For the first time in years, the number of homeless residents in North Dakota has dropped 39% from 2013 to 2014.

According to InForum, this decrease can be attributed to the increase in available housing throughout the state. There are still issues, though, says Michael Carbone, executive director of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People:

Four hundred sixty-four people outside in the last week of January is not acceptable.

Carbone also stated that three-quarters of the state's unsheltered homeless people live on the oil patch.

Across the state, there were over 1,200 homeless people, compared to over 2,000 last year.

For more on North Dakota's dwindling homeless population, visit InForum HERE.