Street Teams Keep Tabs on Homeless
Especially During Harsh Winter Cold
(AP) – Street outreach teams have been working hard on cold winter days to ensure homeless people in the Twin Cities stay safe.
The teams check in to make sure the homeless have a plan for the night and in the morning, they check in with those who have opted not to stay in shelters.
Minnesota Public Radio News reports that on occasion, the teams have come across people who didn’t make it through a bitterly cold night.
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation says an estimated 10,000 people were homeless in Minnesota in October 2012.
It also estimates about 4,000 youth are homeless in the state on any given night.
One outreach team called “Street Works” looks for homeless people under 21 to provide food, shelter and basic needs.