MPD's Homeless Project Seeing Success

November 15, 2018 11:12 AM

A new program launched by Minneapolis police to help the homeless is seeing results.

Wednesday, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey held a roundtable discussion on the program, which helps people find a permanent home.

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Sgt. Grant Snyder started the program this spring. He brought the chief and mayor to meet the homeless at a camp along Hiawatha Avenue.

"This collaboration model where we're bringing medical, we're bringing advocacy and social work and everybody to the table, those are things that the police department was sort of absent from before," Snyder said.

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Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide study to better understand the causes and effects of homelessness.

The last study was done in 2015. At that time, adults, ages 22-54, made up most of the homeless population in Hennepin County with more than 1,600 people.

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More than 1,300 children with their parents were homeless.

Altogether in 2015, there were more than 3,600 homeless people living in Hennepin County. That was down 15 percent compared to the previous 2012 study.

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