Answered By: Todd White
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018     Views: 10

Start by going to American Fact Finder.

Now, follow these steps.

a).  Select "guided search."

b).  From the menu, select "I'm looking for information about housing." Then click next.

c).  From the housing menu drop-down box, select "occupancy and vacancy status." This should "float" the tables over to the right hand box. Then click next.

d).  From the geography drop down box, select county. Then choose Minnesota as your state. Select Anoka County. Then click on "add to your selections."

e).  Under the right hand box where your search is being built, click on next.

f).  On the next screen, since you did not ask for a breakdown by race or ethnic group, click on skip this step.

You are now at a list of tables which should answer half of your question, how many rental units are available for the general population. I am not sure if you have set yourself up for a "trick question" for the second half, how many rental units are available for the homeless.

Let's think of the rental units for the general population as commercial property that is advertised in the paper, etc. I don't think that these can be designated as "general population" or "homeless" only. I would think that by law that a commercial rental is available to all.

So I am wondering if by rental units for the homeless your are thinking of a form of transitional housing, some type of units that are accompanied by social services to help a person who has been homeless and is maybe dealing with other issues transition back into society.

If that is the case, then I think some organization like the Anoka County social services department would know what transitional housing is available and the number of units of housing involved.


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