ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Funding for sheltering the homeless in Minnesota shifts to rural areas with five new centers opening this year.

The state Department of Human Services has awarded grants to open shelters in Cass Lake, Pine County, Mankato, Faribault and Marshall. At the same time, the department is cutting funding for several Twin Cities programs, including a drop-in center for homeless adults in St. Paul.

Advocates for the homeless say shelters are urgently needed in rural areas, but that it shouldn’t come at the expense of urban areas. Department spokeswoman Beth Voigt tells Minnesota Public Radio News that the state had been relying on more than $10 million in one-time federal stimulus funding, but that expired June 30.

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Comments (7)
  1. truth hurts says:

    Before the political hacks enter, it brings me to tears to hear about these homeless shelters. These are real people with real tragic stories.

  2. Mark says:

    With foreclosure rates escalating, and our job market virtually non-existant, and those with jobs find their wages stagnant and not keeping pace with inflation, the need for shelters will continue to increase. This will only fill a small hole.

    I went to Los Angeles for the first time this year, and found a homeless problem beyond words. With only 12,00 shelter beds in the city, and over 120,000 homeless each night, the problem is a catastrophy. They allow the pitching of tents on sidewals and in parks in Los Angeles between sunset and sunrise. Welcome to the new Hooverville’s of our age.

    And I refuse to blame President Obama for this. This has been a problem for many generations since Reagan released the paitients at the state and federal institutions. This nation is so wealthy financially, there is no reason why we should have any homelessness!

    1. TJ says:

      I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allowprivate banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.- Thomas Jefferson

  3. mn mom says:

    Just a thought… maybe we (the US) should spend more to take care of our own citizens as opposed to sending so much help to other countries. I understand that sometimes we need to help out, but we also need to help our own as well!

  4. royalstar05 says:

    Sounds to me the Mayors of St Paul and Minneapolis want to get the homeless out of their area and ship them somewhere else. I feel sorry for the people but just shifting them around doesnt cure the problem. Many homeless need mental care. Thats where more money is needed.

    1. Mark says:

      @ royalstar05

      It only states that funding for shelters in the metro area will be reduced, not that homeless individuals will be shipped to other areas.

      It is only stating that the issue of homelessness and housing affordibility and availability is not only a metro area problem. It is a problem with no boundries and individuals in need of assitance are not just in the metropolitan areas.

  5. Bb says:

    The need for shelters will continue to increase under republican and extremist agendas.

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