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MN-NorthwestMinn-Hom 04-20

Dozens homeless in northwestern Minnesota

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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.

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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.

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On the Net:

The report, "Heading Home Northwest Minnesota," is at: http://www.beltrami.org/

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Information from: Pioneer, http://www.bemidjipioneer.com

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