1-day count finds 1,036 homeless people in South Dakota, 17 percent increase from 2014

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PIERRE, South Dakota — Officials have counted 1,036 homeless people in South Dakota, about 17 percent more than last year.

The homeless count was conducted in January by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers.

The consortium says the statewide, one-day count is a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness.

The group says 61 percent were adults over the age of 24; 26 percent were children under 18; and 13 percent were adults between the ages of 18 and 24.

Eighty-seven percent of the people counted were sheltered in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or motels being paid for by a nonprofit, while 13 percent were on the streets, vehicles or places not meant for human habitation.

The count in 2014 found 885 homeless people.

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