A closer look at homelessness in the Twin Cities, and what's driving it

Tents are seen from across a lake.
A homeless encampment is seen in Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis on Friday, June 19.
Evan Frost | MPR News

Homelessness has been in the headlines this summer, with encampments showing up in Minneapolis parks and elsewhere throughout the Twin Cities metro.

While government agencies and nonprofits try to connect the people living in these tent communities with services, some neighbors are complaining about a surge in crime.

What short-term and long-term solutions are being discussed to ensure more people have access to shelter?

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with three people working to address that question. She also checks in on the state of the economy with MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.

Guests:

  • Cathy ten Broeke is the state’s director to prevent and end homelessness and the executive director of the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness.

  • John Tribbett is the street outreach program manager at St. Stephen’s Human Services, an organization that supports people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County.

  • Londel French is a commissioner on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

  • Chris Farrell is the senior economics contributor for MPR News.

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