MN homelessness among families, children at record high

Tents set up in downtown St. Paul
Tents were set up near the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul nightly during the summer months.
Hart VanDenburg / MPR News

The Minnesota economy is on the mend, but a report out this week finds homelessness among families and children is still at a record high.

From MPR News:

An average of 372 homeless families turned to Hennepin County shelters for housing each month from last July to September, according to the report. Aside from an uptick in 2013, that's the highest quarterly average since 2000.

The report also found 3,982 homeless children across four school districts -- Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan -- over the same period of time, the highest since the partnership began collecting that data in 2008.

The state of Minnesota set a goal to end homelessness for veterans and for people experiencing chronic homelessness by 2015. On The Daily Circuit, we discuss the state's progress.

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