Someone knocking on the door of St. Stephens Rectory showing that homeless shelters are swamped in these winter days.

Area homeless shelters swamped and worry about what’s ahead

More homeless people — particularly families — are knocking on the doors of emergency shelters in Minneapolis and elsewhere this fall than last.

A continuing shortage of affordable housing tied to mortgage foreclosures and the North Minneapolis tornado is squeezing low-income persons onto the streets and into shelters, advocates for the homeless say. The Minneapolis vacancy rate for low-income housing is around 1 percent and the Hennepin County rate only somewhat better.

Joblessness, a fallout of the Great Recession, remains a problem. And families and individuals who have spent down savings and other assets and have worn out couch-hopping welcomes with relatives and friends have no where left to turn but to shelters.

Full Article: “Area Homeless Shelters Swamped and Worry About What’s Ahead” article from MinnPost Community Sketchbook