Sarah McKenzie

Number of homeless in state trending downward

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Homelessness in Minnesota is on the decline, according to a new report from the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The most recent point-in-time count tracking homelessness across the state shows a 10 percent decline in 2015 compared to 2014 — the first time the number has dropped since 2011.

The point-in-time count taken Jan. 22, 2015 identified 7,509 homeless people in Minnesota.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said the numbers indicate new investments and strategies aimed at preventing and ending homelessness show promise.

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