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Groundbreaking in Brooklyn Park for area’s first suburban homeless shelter for youth

The Brooklyn Avenues project is supported by the civic, faith and business communities of the northwest suburbs; it will have 12 beds and programs for homeless youth.

A groundbreaking for the Twin Cities’ first suburban homeless shelter for youth will be held Thursday in Brooklyn Park.

Brooklyn Avenues will have 12 beds and transitional housing programs for youth in the northwest suburbs, where community leaders have rallied to respond to increased youth homelessness and reports of sex trafficking.

MinnPost wrote about the proposal in April, as city leaders worked with religious groups and the business community to get the project rolling.

The Brooklyn Park Economic Development Authority has allocated $950,000 for the 5,000-square-foot facility.

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The organizers are raising money for a $600,000 operating budget. They’ve raised nearly $500,000 for the first year, from  faith organizations, civic groups, government agencies, foundations, businesses and individuals.

Thursday’s groundbreaking is at 1 p.m., as  7210 76th Av. N, Brooklyn Park.