Housing stability update: November 20, 2020

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Housing Stability Update

Thank you for subscribing to this e-newsletter for updates on Ramsey County’s efforts to address housing stability to support those experiencing homelessness. We will regularly share timely updates on our website (ramseycounty.us/housingstability) and through this e-newsletter.

Thank you for your feedback on the proposed Luther Seminary shelter

On Tuesday, more than 200 community members attended a virtual town hall to discuss the potential temporary shelter for women and couples experiencing homelessness in the vacant Stub Hall dormitory at Luther Seminary. Thank you for providing your feedback! We value your input and will take it under serious consideration as we continue to discuss this potential shelter opportunity.

A recording of Tuesday’s meeting can be found here. If you have additional questions, please send us an email or call us at 651-266-8390. Additional updates can be found on our webpage.

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City of Saint Paul moves forward on West 7th St. day shelter

West 7th Street

A proposal to use the Freedom House property in Saint Paul’s West 7th St. neighborhood as a shelter to provide services for individuals experiencing homelessness has been officially approved by the city. On Wednesday, the Saint Paul City Council and board members of the Listening House signed a lease agreement, and the City Council passed an emergency zoning ordinance.

Tentatively scheduled to open in early December, the low-barrier day shelter would create additional indoor space to allow unsheltered individuals to escape weather conditions, access bathrooms and connect one-on-one with essential social services on site. Operated by Listening House and enhanced with social services provided by the county, renovations to the building currently remain on track. The day shelter will be operational through spring 2022.

Learn more here.

Ramsey County and its partners have leveraged CARES funding to provide emergency shelter, temporary housing in hotels and respite care facilities for those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.