Published: Dec 13, 2011 11:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration estimates that homelessness among the nation's veterans declined by about 12 percent during a one-year period ending January 2011.
In all, there are nearly 67,500 homeless veterans, according to a survey that thousands of communities around the country help to administer each January. More than 76,000 homeless vets were counted in the prior year's survey.
The administration attributes some of the drop to getting more veterans to participate in a voucher program that greatly subsidizes their housing costs. While Congress has regularly increased funding for the voucher program, thousands of veterans were not taking advantage of the help.
Officials said they were particularly encouraged with the results given that the drop occurred during a sluggish economy that was shaking off the effects of a deep recession.