Our economy is doing well but. . .

If our economy is doing so well how come I see people living on the streets? I have heard all kinds of reasons.

I did a little research and the number one cause of homelessness is the lack of affordable housing. It is possible to have a couple of jobs and not be able to afford a small apartment. Losing a job or having hours cut can lead to homelessness.

Chemical dependency and mental illness can cause people to lose housing.

More people without homes are staying out of formal shelters.  People experiencing homelessness is up 10% from 2015. It should be going down but is higher in Minnesota than it was during the great recession. Nearly a third of homeless adults have jobs. According to the latest research from the Wilder Research 

 

homeless in St.. Paul
Homeless camp
  • The number of people not in a formal shelter increased by 62% between 2015 and 2018.
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