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Coalition seeks $100 million to address homelessness

February 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLMAR — A statewide homeless coalition with roots in west-central Minnesota wants the Legislature to approve $100 million in bonds this year to build affordable housing.
The money is needed to ensure stability in families, schools and communitie…continue reading on

Group tackles homeless issues

November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

SLAYTON — The Southwest Minnesota Continuum of Care ( is a regional planning group that works to track need, secure financial resources and coordinate regional goals to end homelessness in 18 counties in southwest Minnesota. The g…continue reading on

Fargo detox center, shelter seek to recoup cost of out-of-towners

September 21, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO They come to Fargo in buses, trains and cop cars from across the state to sober up at detox or spend the night at the homeless shelter. Or at least that’s what Fargo police and health officials hear. Continue Reading

Homelessness increases in oil-rich North Dakota

June 16, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK The number of homeless people is soaring as desperate job seekers flock to North Dakota to take advantage of the oil-wealthy state’s abundant employment opportunities, the director of an advocacy group says. Continue Reading

Local quilters donate, Brjen’s blanket count rises

April 25, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

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Brjen’s blankets

April 12, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Perhaps there’s a reason that Brjen Jones has the face of a cherub. He probably wouldn’t admit it, but there’s a chance he’s hiding angel wings and a halo somewhere. The evidence is in his living room the 127 blankets he’s collected for homeless kids in the Arrowhead. His mom, Janelle, said they were planning to make four stops Monday afternoon to collect more from local donors. Continue Reading

Grand Forks event to help homeless, poor starts today

November 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Organizers expect more people will show up this year thanks to a boom in the number of homeless and poor people in North Dakota. Many came looking for work in the Oil Patch, but weren’t able to find jobs before running out of money for rent. Continue Reading

For some, the only place to call home is their car

March 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Norton is the face of the working poor. Her job at a fast-food restaurant doesn’t give her a paycheck large enough to afford rent. So a Ford Taurus is both Lazy Boy and bed. Continue Reading

Despite mild winter, Northlands Rescue Mission busier than ever

January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks homeless shelter appealing for donations to cover food, lodging costs in 2012Around 120 people, mostly men, are staying in the shelter each night. That’s up from around 115 last winter.
But the shelter’s executive director says it’s not completely unexpected because of influx of people from other states moving to North Dakota to look for a job or start a new life. Continue Reading

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Where are they now?: Single mother pursues dream

December 27, 2010 in INFORUM

What a difference two years can make.
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