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Published February 06, 2014, 06:26 PM

Homelessness increases 300 percent since ’08 in North Dakota

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Homelessness in North Dakota has increased by over 300 percent since 2008, and the Bakken oil fields are a big reason, that from the executive director of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Homelessness in North Dakota has increased by over 300 percent since 2008, and the Bakken oil fields are a big reason, that from the executive director of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People.

Michael Carbone was one of the panel members today at NDSU's forum on homelessness.

The event looked at causes of homelessness in Fargo-Moorhead, ranging from more homeless coming to the Bakken looking for jobs, to lack of vacancies and affordable housing choices.

Michael Carbone, North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People executive director: "All of this activity in the western part of the state is spilling over into Montana and throughout North Dakota and actually into western Minnesota.”

Over 600 people are homeless in Fargo-Moorhead according to the most recent 2012 data, doubling the number of homeless people in 2000.

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