Homelessness up in St. Louis County, Duluth/Shelters Asking for Community Outreach

By KBJR News 1

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - During a 4 hour summit meeting at the beginning of this month, 74 people and 27 agencies and advocacy groups worked to form an updated profile on homelessness in Saint Louis County.

The report indicates that in 2003 the CHUM homeless shelter provided shelter to 637 individuals and 68 families.

That has risen today to 179 people, including 75 families.

Today the advocacy group, including the city of Duluth, called for an increase in coordination and communication in the community.

"We as a community standing together in St. Louis County don't accept homelessness here. And, if we all work together at every level of society, we can do something about it," said activist Donna Howard, of the Loaves & Fishes community, which plays a major role in ending homelessness in the Northland.

Summit participants say some positive steps have been taken toward reducing homelessness in the Northland, including the San Marco building for chronic alcoholics in Duluth, the New Moon in Bois Forte, and the Virginia Youth Foyer.

- Posted to the Web by Billy Wagness