“The oil boom in North Dakota has created tens of thousands of jobs, but its homeless population is skyrocketing.”
“On Jan. 23, with temperatures below zero, volunteers counted 2,069 homeless people in North Dakota. On the same day in neighboring South Dakota, which has a slightly larger population, only 537 homeless were counted. The difference: Jobs in western North Dakota had brought people here, in some cases woefully unprepared for the weather and unable to find or afford housing. Nearly half of those homeless people counted in North Dakota had jobs here.”
“The number of homeless people is soaring as desperate job seekers flock to North Dakota to take advantage of the oil-wealthy state's abundant employment opportunities, the director of an advocacy group says. Volunteers counted a record 2,069 homeless people during a ‘point in time’ survey Jan. 23, a day in which temperatures were well below zero across much of the state, said Michael Carbone, executive director of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People.”
“About 11 percent - or 10,000 teens and young adults in North Dakota - are not in school and don't have a job. The rate of unemployment among low-income and minority families is higher. One program that combats unemployment among young people in the state is the Youth Employment and Training Program, run by Job Service North Dakota. The program is federally funded by the Workforce Investment Act.”
"Federal and state officials say they have documented glaring flaws in the child welfare system at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota, contending that while child abuse there is at epidemic levels, the tribe has sought to conceal it. "
"With a 1 percent rental vacancy rate in Bismarck-Mandan, affordable housing is hard for everyone to find, but that's especially true for those on low and fixed incomes. 'It (demand) is driving the cost of housing up such that there's less and less affordable housing today,' said Mike Anderson, executive director of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency."
"Yet a new report shows that funding across the country by states has declined over the past two years — to the tune of about $90 million — even though enrollment has increased. What’s more, a number of states don’t even fund early pre-K programs."
"North Dakota's oil prosperity will require the state to spend $113 million more on Medicaid and other human services programs to keep the state's present level of aid to the poor, the state budget director said Tuesday. Medicaid's cost is split between the federal government and state governments. The program provides health care for low-income North Dakotans and pays nursing home bills for indigent seniors."
"State Director Jasper Schneider says the Red River Regional Council is getting $44,000 to repair 14 low-income homes in Grafton, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is getting $91,000 to fix up 18 homes on the Turtle Mountain Reservation and Rolette County."