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Homelessness reaches record high in Minnesota

Homeless numbers rose by 10 percent in the space of 3 years.

The number of homeless people in Minnesota has reached its highest level since 1991.

That's the finding of the latest Homelessness in Minnesota survey by Wilder Research, which has conducted the study every three years since 1991.

In its 2018 survey, Wilder Research counted 10,233 homeless in Minnesota, noting that this should be considered the minimum amount of homeless people in the state right now.

It means that the dip in homeless seen in the 2015 survey wasn't the sign of a downward trend following the financial crisis, with the 2018 number the highest recorded by Wilder Research since the survey started.

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Young people aged 24 and below make up the largest segment of the homeless population at 46 percent, while the 2018 survey noted a 25 percent increase in the number of homeless aged 55 and older.

There was also a 62 percent increase in the number of homeless people not living in formal shelters, with the survey on Oct. 25 occurring while the Hiawatha/Franklin "tent city" encampment was still open.

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There was also a sharper rise in homeless people in greater Minnesota – up 13 percent – compared to the Twin Cities – 9 percent.

While the Wilder study has reported the numbers, we're still waiting information on the reasons behind the increase in homelessness.

On the day of the survey, Wilder conducted thousands of one-to-one interviews with individuals experiencing homelessness, and the findings from these interviews will be released at a later stage.

You can find the preliminary results here.

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