By many indicators, Minnesota's economy has rebounded since the depths of the recession in 2009. So you might expect the number of homeless people in the state has declined since then. Not so, says a new report from Wilder Research.
Their statewide survey found homelessness has increased six percent since since '09. The group conducts its study every three years. The 2009 figure was up 25 percent compared to 2006. The new number is based on a survey conducted last October.
As the Pioneer Press notes, it undercuts stereotypes of homeless people as grizzled old men. Wilder found 46 percent of the homeless are 21 or younger.
MPR noticed the 22 percent increase in the number of two-parent families without housing.
Wilder plans to release more of its findings on the characteristics of the homeless population next month.
Here's Wilder's announcement of the survey results, with links to more details.