Housing Stability Update: December 23, 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.

Provincial House update: Join us for another virtual town hall on Jan. 5

Project Home at the Provincial House

On Monday, more than 200 community members joined Ramsey County, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet at a virtual town hall to discuss a potential shelter for families with children experiencing homelessness, located in the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Provincial House at 1880 Randolph Avenue. Interfaith Action would operate the Provincial House as part of its Project Home program, with financial support from Ramsey County. The shelter would serve approximately 20 families.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Watch a recording of Monday’s meeting or read the answers to questions asked during the town hall.

More ways to engage
A second virtual town hall about this project is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 5-6:30 p.m.
Join via Zoom or phone.

In a parallel process, Interfaith Action has applied for a conditional use permit with the City of Saint Paul to use the property as a family shelter. The community will also have an opportunity to submit comments about this application to the City of Saint Paul’s Zoning Committee (which will stream here) to answer during its Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 meeting. Questions and committee testimony can be emailed to pedzoningcommitteesecretary@ci.stpaul.mn.us by noon on Dec. 30. The Zoning Committee’s recommendation will go to the Planning Commission for a vote on Jan. 8, 2021.

If you have additional questions, please send us an email or call us at 651-266-8390.

Now open: Bethesda shelter

Bethesda Hospital

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, a respite care area with a total capacity of 68 beds for those who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 opened at the Bethesda shelter. Today, the rest of the facility will officially open its doors to serve those experiencing homelessness – right on time for the winter storm anticipated to hit the metro area.

Over the next few weeks, the Bethesda Hospital site will continue to ramp up operations to its full capacity. The facility will add a total of 100 beds for unsheltered residents, who can access services through a referral from other emergency shelters within Ramsey County. This plan for Bethesda will allow us to expand our shelter capacity across our current system and create more space for individuals still sleeping outside to have a place to go.

Who to contact
Ramsey County plans to be present and work in partnership with the neighborhood throughout the Bethesda Shelter’s operation. If you are in the neighborhood and have a concern about the shelter, please call the following numbers for non-emergency incidents. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Bethesda grounds and garden
Ramsey County security

Parking ramp

Saint Paul Police Department

We plan to continue to engage the community as the shelter becomes operational. We will share more details about those community conversations soon.

Supporting unsheltered individuals

As winter approaches, many people have contacted the county expressing interest in wanting to support those experiencing homelessness. We appreciate your generosity!

In addition to continuing to remain engaged with our community outreach processes on this issue, getting involved with or donating to some of our partner agencies such as People Incorporated, RADIAS Health or Involve MN are great ways to lend a hand. Listening House of Saint Paul is another strong community resource for people experiencing homelessness and currently has a COVID-19 Amazon Wish List to consider for donations.

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.