Minnehaha County Homeless Count
The number of homeless people in South Dakota is about the same as last year. That’s according to the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium’s Point in Time Homeless Count conducted in September. The count was done in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers in fifty-two of the states sixty-six counties. The total number was 1,155 individuals. That’s a slight reduction from last year’s count of 1,166. Forty percent were men, thirty-two percent were women and 28 percent children. In Sioux Falls, however, numbers went up from 2012. Last year’s survey reported 435 homeless people. This year’s count was 618, including 218 children. Stacey Tieszen, coordinator of the Minnehaha County Homeless Advisory Board, spoke on Dakota Midday to discuss the rising number of homeless people in Sioux Falls.