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Associated Press, Published June 16 2011

Homeless population up in Minnesota, down in Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS — A new government report says homelessness is up slightly in Minnesota and down in Wisconsin.

Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development pegs Minnesota's homeless population at about 7,900, an increase of approximately 2 percent in 2010, compared to the previous year. Wisconsin's homeless population was about 6,300 people, a decline of approximately 3 percent.

HUD's annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress shows that while the homeless population remained relatively stable in Minnesota and Wisconsin, some states experienced dramatic increases. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports West Virginia's homeless population increased about 36 percent, Montana approximately 35 percent and Idaho 21 percent.