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.