Statewide Effort Preparing to Determine How Many Homeless in Minnesota

October 08, 2018 07:29 PM

This month, thousands of volunteers will visit homeless shelters around the state to determine how many people in Minnesota are living without stable housing. 

Wilder Foundation researchers do the count every three years. 

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In 2015, researchers found about 15,000 people are homeless on any given night. 


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When the 1,300 volunteers and professionals do the survey at the end of the month, they will interview people staying at emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters and transitional housing.  They will also work to reach those at homeless encampments around the state. 

Researchers spend about one hour with each person they talk to, asking about housing history, job status, health information and the services they need. 

By collecting the numbers, the Wilder Foundation hopes to come up with a solution to homelessness. 


Resources for Homelessness:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Minnesota Housing

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless 

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Callan Gray

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