The homeless problem in Greater Minnesota isn’t nearly as severe as it is in the metro area, but 200 to 250 people find temporary shelter each night in 12 northwestern counties, a report says.
About 80 of those are children, and a third of homeless men are veterans, the Bemidji Pioneer notes.
“The homeless of rural areas such as ours are called the ‘hidden homeless’ — they move from one unstable substandard or cost-burdened situation to another, hidden from the eyes of the wider community,” states the report, titled “Heading Home Northwest Minnesota.”
Eleven of the 12 counties in the region have a higher poverty rate than the state average, she said. About 30 percent of the jobs in Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk and Norman counties pay less than a living wage, and 42 percent of the jobs in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties pay less than a family supporting wage.