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Nov 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

North Dakota’s homeless situation is growing and the state is struggling to meet the demand.   A soon-to-be-released study by the North Dakota Homeless Coalition says the state is at a tipping point with more people needing shelter than available beds.  The coalition’s Michael Carbone says a snapshot in July found 966 people needinga place to stay while the state’s emergency shelters were full with 807 people.  He says the idea that a homeless person is down and out and unemployed isn’t true anymore.  He says over 40-percent of people in shelters work.  Some of the coalition's recommendations include renewal of the housing intiative fund…increased support services…replication of Fargo’s church shelter program…and a reassessment of North Dakota’s ten year plan to end long-term homelessness.    The full study is expected to be released next week.

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