Homelessness rising among Minnesota teens

It's estimated that more than 2,500 16 to 21 year olds are homeless on any given night in Minnesota. But the number of beds reserved for that age group in the state's emergency shelters is fewer than 80. One pastor describes the situation as hideous.
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It's estimated that more than 2,500 16 to 21 year olds are homeless on any given night in Minnesota. But the number of beds reserved for that age group in the state's emergency shelters is fewer than 80. One pastor describes the situation as hideous.

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