PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island's homeless population increased by more than 10 percent last year, but state records show the problem was even worse for veterans and children.
The Providence Journal reports that nearly 4,900 people spent at least one night in a homeless shelter or temporary housing in 2012, up from about 4,400 the year before, according to the state's Homeless Management Information System.
The number of veterans who faced homelessness increased 23 percent to about 300 last year. The number of children who spent at least one night in a shelter or transitional housing increased nearly 17 percent to about 1,300.
Advocates for the homeless blame the state's weak economy and high employment rate. The state has adopted a 10-year plan to address homelessness that includes creating more affordable housing.