St. Louis County: Data shows homelessness still on the rise

The number of homeless people increased.
The number of homeless people increased.(WWBT)
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 4:33 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS CO., MN-- The number of people experiencing homelessness in St. Louis County continues to increase.

St. Louis County’s 2022 annual Point in Time (PIT) Count, recorded 606 people throughout the county who were homeless, including 234 people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

According to the report, this is a 20% increase compared to five years ago, with most of that growth in unsheltered homelessness.

This count occurs every January.

This year COVID also impacted the number of people surveyors were able to reach during the PIT count.

This winter, the Duluth Warming Center provided emergency overnight shelter to 554 individuals, including 57 youth.

Additional warming center spaces were available at CHUM’s drop-in center throughout the winter.

In northern St. Louis County during the 2021-22 winter season, hotel vouchers were used to ensure emergency overnight shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

Vouchers were used by 104 individuals, including 32 youth.

To seek help for someone experiencing homelessness in the Duluth area call 218-461-8505 or 218-260-7573; or on the Iron Range, call 218-748-7357.

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