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Published May 04, 2010, 12:06 PM

North Dakota Homeless at Record Level

An advocate for the homeless says North Dakota's robust economy is partly to blame for a record number of homeless people in the state.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An advocate for the homeless says North

Dakota's robust economy is partly to blame for a record number of

homeless people in the state.

A report released Tuesday showed 1,126 homeless people were

counted by volunteers on Jan. 27.

Michael Carbone (kahr-BOHN'), executive director of the North

Dakota Coalition for Homeless People, says that was up from the

previous year's count of 987, and 836 in 2008.

Carbone says hundreds of new jobs in North Dakota have driven up

the cost of housing, making it tough for low-income people and

families to afford even the cheapest apartments.

The report says about 40 percent of homeless people in North

Dakota are employed.

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