Homelessness is on the rise

April 11, 2019

MN homeless population on the rise

A new report released by Wilder Research has found that Minnesota’s homeless population is on the rise.

Wilder, with the assistance of non- profit agencies, conducted a point in time count and determined that more than 10,200 people are experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. That’s a 10 percent increase over 2015 (9,312 people) and the highest count since Wilder first began its triennial study in 1991 (3,079 people).

About two-thirds of the state’s homeless population is found in the Twin Cities metro area, and the remaining third in Greater Minnesota.

Thankfully, 55 families experiencing homelessness are receiving help from Village of Hope every single day, thanks to your donations and volunteer hours.

Other key findings from the Wilder report include:

  • Nearly half of people experiencing homelessness are youth ages 24 and younger.
  • Just over 25 percent of the homeless population(2,694 people) are not sleeping in shelters – they are sleeping outside or doubled up (staying with friends or family). That’s a 62 percent increase over 2015. Village of Hope continues to turn away children and their families and in 2018 turned away 317 individuals. This tells us that at least 25% of our homeless families are not able to find shelter.
  • While adults ages 55 and older make up the smallest age group of those experiencing homelessness (1,054 people), they saw the biggest increase in homelessness – up 25 percent since 2015.

The Wilder report represents homeless individuals contacted in emergency shelters, women’s shelters and transitional housing, as well as those found through outreach efforts at encampments, hot meal programs, and elsewhere. Wilder notes that the count underrepresents the total homeless population, since many people outside the traditional shelter system cannot be found.

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