Homeless Population In SD Down By A Quarter
by KDLT News
November 27, 2012 3:16 PM
The number of homeless people living in South Dakota is down considerably from 2011.
Volunteers counted the number of homeless individuals and families they found in the state during a 24 hour period in September. They found 1,166 people, including 336 children--26 percent fewer individuals this year than in 2011.
Organizers of the annual Homeless Count credit the drop in numbers to federal funding the state received in 2009 that helped pay for rent and other living costs.
Volunteers say the main reasons for homelessness in South Dakota is unemployment and substance abuse issues.
Most without a permanent residence are between the ages of 26 and 35 years old. Individuals told volunteers their need was full time work.