Dozens homeless in northwestern Minnesota
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A new report says that at any one time there are 200 to 250 people seeking shelter each night in northwestern Minnesota, and about 80 are children and a third of homeless men are veterans.
Wendy Thompson of the Northwest Minnesota Continuum of Care presented its report on rural homelessness to the Beltrami County board at its April 7 meeting.
The group sought support for its anti-homelessness plans, and got it from the board. The consortium has a 10-year plan to end homelessness in northwest Minnesota.
The report says homelessness in northwestern Minnesota doesn’t have the visible symptoms of urban homelessness, including cardboard shelters in alleys and panhandlers.
Instead, the reports describes a hidden population moving from one substandard or too expensive housing situation to another.
On the Net:
The report, "Heading Home Northwest Minnesota," is at: http://www.beltrami.org/
Information from: Pioneer, http://www.bemidjipioneer.com