Experts say more needs to be done to eliminate homelessness in Minneapolis
A panel of experts told civic leaders on Wednesday that there needs to be a stronger effort to help eliminate homelessness in Minnesota.
More than 300 attended a luncheon entitled "Ending Homelessness" sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Approximately 3000 people are homeless in Hennepin County and more than 9,200 are homeless in Minnesota according to a study by the Wilder Research Group. One-third of which are children. The study found that approximately half of all homeless people in Minnesota are black. Approximately 625 veterans are homeless in the state.
More than half of the homeless population in the state say that they have been homeless more than once in the past three years.
Approximately 28 percent of homeless adults have a job and 40 percent said the primary reason that they're homeless is because they could not afford rent.
Nearly 625 veterans are homeless in Minnesota according to the study.
Sandy Vargas, the president of the Minneapolis Foundation said their organization created a fund to help put an end to homelessness in the state.
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