Maude Dornfeld

Life House's new expansion is a ten-bed teen emergency shelter called The Loft.

The lack of affordable housing in Duluth plus misinformation - or no information - about why kids end up on the streets means there is still a gap between the number of kids with nowhere to go every night in Duluth  (100 on average) and the number of beds available.

Lack of affordable housing ... and a lack of imagination?  Life House director Maude Dornfeld says most people "can't imagine not loving their kids."

Life House

650 kids came through the doors of Life House this year.  More than half were homeless and for most of them, it wasn't the first time.  And in the 18 months or so since Life House opened Sol House for youth who've been sex trafficked, 12 kids have been sheltered there.

And the numbers keep adding up.  There are 140 kids on a waiting list for housing with nowhere to stay, and Life House has big dreams to be able to help them.

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If you think the bad old days of the Twin Ports as a hub for sex trafficking became a thing of the past with 9/11 and the advent of Homeland Security, think again.

Thanks to the internet, it's just gone underground.

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Since 2011, children and teens in Minnesota who engage in prostitution are categorized as victims and survivors, not criminals.  The Safe Harbor law made that change four years ago, but two additional provisions went into effect just under a year ago.