To address the region’s homeless problem — and deal with Minnesota’s complex land-use rules — one Twin Cities nonprofit is working to establish a framework for building and running communities of tiny homes that would be located on land owned by churches.
Though the number of families seeking emergency shelter in Hennepin County has decreased, other groups — such as single women — face a shortage of beds.
A year after a massive encampment formed at the intersection of Franklin and Hiawatha avenues in Minneapolis, the Greenway community has become one of the most conspicuous signs of homelessness in the Twin Cities.
We apparently lack the political will, the resources, the imagination or some combination thereof, to address the problem.
The Wilder report found other notable trends among Minnesota’s homeless population. Among them: that the number of people sleeping under bridges, alongside roads or in vehicles — anywhere outside — has more than doubled since 2015.
Built to address the needs of those who’d been living at the Franklin Hiawatha homeless encampment, the navigation center must close by May 31, when the property owner — the Red Lake Nation — plans to break ground on an affordable housing complex.
Hennepin County is making the first steps to address some of the racial disparities in homelessness head-on, through a national program that will allow the county to benefit from other cities’ approaches to the issue.
It’s time for people with housing to not cling to the story they heard that someone chooses to be homeless or that it’s too expensive to fix.
Navigation centers have become a popular way for cities to address homelessness: giving people a place to sleep with few restrictions, where they can also get advice on housing, employment, addiction and other health issues.
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Minneapolis officials want to clear the homeless encampment by the end of September. But that is probably just the beginning of an effort to connect the camp’s residents with shelter and other services before winter.
Even while listening to music on a beautiful summer night at Nicollet Island, Minnesota Nice has its limits.
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Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.
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Homelessness can be less visible here than in other places. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a big issue.
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People Incorporated’s homeless outreach not only helps people live safer, healthier lives, it also helps local governments save nearly $725,000 a year by reducing shelter use, arrests, incarcerations and hospitalizations.
Officials say programs like RUSH are proving to be effective in moving homeless residents into permanent housing — ultimately saving the county money in emergency services.