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HOMELESSNESS

Woman standing by her car.
Duluth nonprofits look to create sanctioned outdoor spaces for homeless people to live
Supervised camps could arrive in the city yet this summer.
"Faith Conversations" features writer Roxane B. Salonen learns more about Central Cities Ministries, an ecumenical effort of local Christian churches that aims to help people with financial hardships.
Those who enroll renters in the program say there's been some improvement, but delays in receiving funding still occur, resulting in unnecessary evictions.
Housing experts explained the importance of culturally appropriate housing and wraparound services at shelters during a roundtable discussion Thursday in Duluth.

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The Duluth house is part of a growing network of medical respite centers that now numbers more than 130 around the country — including four in Minnesota. More than half have opened in just the past 10 years.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported 6,461 Minnesotans experienced sheltered homelessness during the designated point in time in 2021, up from 5,991 in 2020.
The COVID pandemic also presents challenges. Advocates say many people experiencing homelessness have chronic health conditions which put them at grave risk for contracting the disease.
“While we’ve seen homelessness increase in other populations particularly with families with children, on any given night we now have 20 to 30 veterans who are homeless,” a VA official told The Forum.

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