- Created: Friday, 22 March 2019 09:51
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
On Wednesday, Wilder Research released initial results of their 2018 Minnesota Homeless Study. Distressingly, from 2015 to 2018, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota has risen 10 percent. There are now approximately 10,233 people experiencing homelessness in our communities statewide, exceeding peak numbers recorded in 2012. Because these numbers are derived from a single-night count, it’s not possible to record every person in the state experiencing homelessness. That means that the numbers in Wilder’s report are only minimum estimates.
“Minnesota’s lack of affordable housing has ripple effects that impact every single one of us,” said MHP Executive Director Anne Mavity. “For thousands of Minnesotans, the effects are particularly devastating. Families, seniors, and individuals who are experiencing homelessness are bearing the brunt of our collective failure to adequately invest in affordable homes for all. We need all levels of government and private sector partners to step up and say, ‘Homelessness is not acceptable. Not in Minnesota. Not anywhere.’”