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1,155 Homeless Counted In South Dakota

1,155 Homeless Counted In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials have counted 1,155 homeless people in South Dakota, about the same as last year.

The homeless count was conducted in September by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers. Fifty-two of 66 counties participated. The statewide, one-day count was a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness.

The consortium says 40 percent of the homeless were men, 32 percent were women and 28 percent were children.

The top three reasons named for homelessness were inability to pay rent and security deposits, unemployment or lost jobs, and substance abuse.

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