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Inside KELOLAND: Homelessness in Sioux Falls

November 17, 2006, 10:30 PM by Karen Olson

     The numbers are in from a recent survey of the homeless in South Dakota.  Results show there 772 people without a place to call home; most live in the state's biggest city, Sioux Falls.
     As for why they find themselves homeless, most people surveyed cited substance abuse, under- and unemployment, mental illness and domestic violence. But another big reason there are so many people on the streets is a lack of low-income and affordable housing. It's a problem in South Dakota, as well.
    In March of 2004, Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson appointed a Blue Ribbon Task Force to develop a plan intended to eliminate homelessness in the city. The Task Force came up with a ten-year plan.

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