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In Dakota County, the number of homeless individuals or those at imminent risk of being homeless rose from 841 in 2011 to 1,013 in January 2012, according to point-in-time surveys conducted by the county.
This summer, Patch editors interviewed government agencies, nonprofits, school officials and others to find out why the homelessness rate in the county is rising. We also talked to people like Eagan resident Anna Richardson—a former methamphetamine addict who battled addiction and homelessness—to learn about their own personal experiences.
All that information came together in a 19-piece series published in August—a project that included articles authored by Patch staff and guest columns from local experts on the issue.