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The Fight Against Homelessness

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Thousands of people have been flocking to western North Dakota to fill oil-related jobs.

But they've brought with them a problem - homelessness.

Minot Area Homeless Coalition executive director, Mac McLeod says back in 2011 the coalition served around 5-thousand people.

In 2013, that number jumped to over 8-thousand people.

He says many of the newly-homeless are people who came here looking for oil work.

Some of the coalition's services include helping find emergency shelter, assisting people with rents and purchasing medicine.

He says the coalition even reaches out to shelters around the state to house people living in Minot.

(Mac McLeod, Minot Area Homeless Coalition)"It was a matter of 'where do we get these individuals to where they will get out of the cold.' If we can't do it here, there's got to be somewhere they can go. We did a lot of transportation, getting people from the Minot are to some place safe."

He says if there's no availability in shelters around the state, they look to shelters in other states such as South Dakota or Nebraska.

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