Homelessness in Minnesota up 6% since 2009

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  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 9:11 PM

Homelessness in Minnesota has increased 6 percent since 2009, according to initial findings released by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

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supervon2Mar. 6, 13 8:08 PM

I thought that all the trillions we spent the past 5 years had saved everybody from poverty and homelessness. How many more trillions do we have to spend and social benefit programs will we have to start now?

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ghutchMar. 6, 13 8:27 PM

in a related story LARA JAKES of the Ledger reports: "Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost." So who's "winning" after all this spend and who benefited?

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carl12345Mar. 6, 13 8:29 PM

Tons of people lost their homes, their jobs and the economy is a mess. If you have a job, you're lucky. I agree it's hard to see where all the govt money goes, but I also think times are difficult now for many, not completely of their own choosing. I'll gladly pay for social programs and healthcare if I can have some too!! I work ft - no health insurance offered to me, but am covered by my spouse. I'm lucky enough. Maybe you're lucky and you should want others to be too.

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carl12345Mar. 6, 13 8:34 PM

We will never win spending money on other country's wars..It's about time we take care of our own..Maybe we shouldn't go in search of people who don't want to contribute to America.. It's astounding how many people Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities have brought here to drop them off and leave them stranded in a highrise. Taking people from their homeland doesn't make them home. Those agencies should be required to find the donations to support the needs of those they sought out. I'm not saying I know what the answer was, but the one they chose didn't work.

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ubetcha101Mar. 6, 13 9:05 PM

Nice,and I read we will be taxed for for the police and fire pension because they get to retire at a age when we all will be working another 15yrs plus! How about we start a tax on the union employees for all us smucks that work the private sector.

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olneymacMar. 6, 13 9:06 PM

Most of the money for the unfortunate is spend on high paid executives and employees and the rest is for consultants to examine the problem and recommend solutions that will never happen because all the money has been spent. The shelters are mostly funded by volunteer organizations, churches, The Salvation Army and such. you just have to love how the government operates at a loss and asks for more.

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forpeopleMar. 6, 13 9:19 PM

Instead of addressing these problems, federal and state governments spend way too much on 'technical assistance' for housing programs (meaning nice cushy salaries for numerous government and nonprofit employees). In exchange for their cushy salaries, these employees run around wailing and moaning about homelessness and feigning ever so much concern for the homeless. In the meantime, the unfortunate homeless are not even provided with a modest apartment that could help them get back on their feet. These housing advocates and technical assistance providers should lose their jobs and the money should be used to help families in need.

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erikj3Mar. 6, 13 9:31 PM

supervon2, the trillions were actually spent on misquided wars, hugely wasteful military programs (f-21, f-35, etc), and bailouts for too-big-to-fail banks. Nice try, though.

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Truckman182Mar. 6, 13 9:48 PM

"Unending Alms giving makes a pauper out of our society". Elbert Hubbard 1912

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propagandistMar. 6, 13 9:53 PM

A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.

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