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Cynthia Boyd

Arden Hills, MN
Commenter for
7 years 8 weeks

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Reader Diane Sprague emailed me with this comment: “[H]i, a point of clarification for the above article.  The state has had an interagency task force on homelessness for 15 or more years, comprised of representatives from a range of key state agencies.   If the intent of this new Council is to have the commissioners themselves responsible - i.e., make it like an Administration cabinet work group - then that's positively elevating the focus.  However, many of the...

Posted on 07/11/12 at 09:34 am in response to As lawmakers haggle over food-aid cuts, some numbers to consider

Thanks for the Minnesota clarification, Dana.

Posted on 02/25/12 at 09:22 am in response to What’s the official definition of being poor in America?

Unfortunately, the answer is complicated. I've addressed the question in the "update" section added to the story.

Posted on 01/03/12 at 10:41 am in response to Remembering Christine Rosholt

I am among the legions who knew and loved Christine, for her rich and wonderful voice, her charm and enthusiasm and her willingness to share her talent with MinnPost. Christine was a sweetheart. I will miss her.

Posted on 05/27/11 at 08:17 am in response to What it's like to be a young mother, homeless and looking for help

Thank you, Gloria, for bravely telling your story even as you struggle with what is likely depression, as well as homelessness and joblessness.

Madeline, regardless of your political views, please take note that some 1,000 people at this event, paid for by donations and private funding, took action toward change by volunteering their time to help connect Gloria and others with services that will help them move toward economic independence.

Thanks for the question. Study researchers did not rank (thus the map designation NR) either Cook or Norman counties in Minnesota.

I have emailed the researcher for further explanation.

Posted on 03/15/11 at 03:50 pm in response to Hard sell and tough times: Advocates for homeless try to make their case


Numbers are interesting, aren’t they? Here's data that may interest you.

At this Wilder Research site on page 7, you’ll find survey info about the homeless and how long they’ve been in Minnesota.

Here you’ll find a chart...

That is my understanding, that they these people were "legal residents,'' according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Officer.

Thanks, Addy. The story has been amended.

Posted on 06/11/10 at 01:19 pm in response to Cell phones for the homeless: Helping them connect with jobs, homes

Here's the reply to your question from Marcy Shapiro.

Hi Cynthia –

I just saw the article. Thanks for doing this.

The answer to the question is:

The software on all phones are linked up to specific phone companies so the phone can’t be used unless it is tied to the specific phone company that we are using. Donated phones are good to be used for 911 calls for people who don’t have cell phones. All of the domestic abuse shelters accept phones for this use. They make...