Homelessness rates increase in Fargo-MoorheadFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There are 874 homeless people living in the metro, according to the 2012 Wilder Survey of Homelessness.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There are 874 homeless people living in the metro, according to the 2012 Wilder Survey of Homelessness.
That is up 15-percent from 2009. Most of the increase is in Fargo. Moorhead numbers stayed about the same. Researchers say there are probably more homeless than what they're able to locate.
They also identified about 150 unaccompanied youth, who are difficult to find.
Dr. Greg Owen, Wilder Research: "We don't at all think that that's the total population. We know that youth, particularly minor youth, are often couch-hopping. There are not many shelter beds for minor youth, and as a consequence they more often land with friends for a short stay. They squat at somebody's house then go on to the next house."
About 150 of those homeless are children.