"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned," said Scrooge, "they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"
Every January, St. Louis County undertakes a count of "unsheltered homeless": people living in places "not meant for human habitation."
The CHUM shelter in Duluth is often full to overflowing and there are only 12 beds available in northern St. Louis County.