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Ankerfelt also offered to bring a team of city officials to meet and discuss with residents how to improve the neighborhood and better enforce city rules against loitering, litter and problem rental homes.
Lunde told about 10 neighbors attending the open house that the shelter is needed because many of the homeless kids are from their city and are preyed on by pimps. He noted that area high schools have identified dozens of homeless students and have counselors who work with them.
The most recent statewide homeless count by the Wilder Foundation found 674 unaccompanied minors and young people ages 18 to 21 who were homeless in the metro area on Oct. 25, 2012. Wilder reported that 25 percent of the homeless young people said they had been turned away by a full shelter in the previous three months.
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