A new program is helping put people in homes, but few are taking advantage. County officials say only 17 people have tapped into federal grant money that could mean nearly $30,000 towards a down payment. To qualify, buyers must be looking at foreclosed homes and plan on living at the residence for the loan to be forgiven.
Street homelessness down 40 percent in Hennepin County
A report to the Minneapolis City Council counts 204 people living on the streets as of January this year. That's down from 341 during the same period in 2010. The report on "Heading Home Hennepin," an initiative aimed at ending homelessness in the county by 2016, credits the decline to more outreach workers helping the homeless find access to housing.