Top 10 Stories of 2012: Suburban Homelessness Rising in Dakota County

Fatal car crashes, robberies, sports scandals, big business developments. Patch looks back at the Top 10 stories of 2012.

Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us

Editor's Note: As the New Year approaches, Eagan Patch will review the Top 10 most significant stories of 2012, in terms of total pageviews and impact to the community. Disagree with our assessment, or have other stories you think should've made the Top 10? Please post your feedback or thoughts in the comment stream below.

#10: Homelessness Makes Gains in the Suburbs

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.

Click here to read more about the series.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something