​Statewide Homeless Study Detailed Data

The Minnesota study of homelessness is conducted every three years by Wilder Research on the last Thursday of October. 

The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless, and face-to-face interviews with homeless people to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness.

Statewide and Region Counts of Homeless People

The data tables include counts of all people using the formal shelter system -- those in emergency shelters, battered women's shelters, and transitional housing programs --on the day of the study. They also include counts of homeless people interviewed on that day who were found through outreach in locations such as encampments, hot-meal programs, and other drop-in service locations. The count underrepresents the actual homeless population, since many homeless people outside the shelter system are not found.

Statewide and Region Counts of Homeless People  (PDF of all data tables)

Count of People Experiencing Homelessness Fact Sheet (PDF) 

2012 data tables - homeless counts

Choose a geographic region. Within each region, find numbers of people by shelter type, age categories, gender, and family/single status. Tables are in pdf format.

 

2009 data tables - homeless counts

Choose a geographic region. Within each region, find numbers of people by shelter type, age categories, gender, and family/single status. Tables are in pdf format.

 

Face-to-Face Interviews:
Characteristics and Backgrounds of Homeless People

The data tables are based on in-depth face-to-face interviews with men and women in emergency shelters, battered women's shelters, and transitional housing programs, and adults in non-shelter locations.

2012 data tables - characteristics of homeless people


 

2009 data tables - characteristics of homeless people

Choose a geography or specific population; then choose a category of questions. Tables are in PDF format.


 

2006 data tables - characteristics of homeless people

Choose a geography or specific population; then choose a category of questions. Tables are in PDF format.


 

Previous Studies

A series of publications, including an overview of findings, is also available for each study.
View publications for the 2009 study
View publications for the 2006 study
View publications for the 2003 study
View publications for the 2000 study

 

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Wilder Researchers have a message for the 1,200 volunteers who helped with the 2012 Homeless Survey. The interviewers were spread out across nearly 400 locations statewide.