Part of the By a Wall series.
Part of the By a Wall series.

An annual count that looks at the number of homeless in South Dakota found a 17 percent increase this year compared to 2014.

The 2015 Statewide Point in Time Homeless Count conducted on Jan. 27 revealed that 1,036 individuals were homeless in South Dakota. Of those, 16 individuals—1.5 percent—were counted in Davison County. Nine of those 16 were children … … …

To continue reading: Homeless in South Dakota

Story and above graphic done by me, Amber Hiles. The opaque words are actual responses people gave for why they are homeless. Absolutely heartbreaking. What are we going to do, South Dakota?

A follow-up column by Republic Asst. Editor Candy DenOuden: We should all want to end homelessness