Housing Stability Update: January 8, 2021

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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.

Updates on the proposed family shelter in Highland Park

Project Home at the Provincial House

More than 200 community members joined Ramsey County, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for a second virtual town hall on Tuesday to discuss a potential shelter for families with children experiencing homelessness.

The proposed family shelter would be located in the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Provincial House at 1880 Randolph Avenue in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul. 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. If the shelter moves forward, it could open as soon as March.

In case you missed it, you can watch a video of the virtual town hall, download the presentation or review the answers to questions asked at the two town halls.

Stay engaged

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 public will have an opportunity to comment on this application at the Zoning Committee hearing, which will likely be held in late January. If you would like to share your input on the proposed family shelter, you can email comments to PED-ZoningCommitteeSecretary@ci.stpaul.mn.us

How can you help?

At the town halls, many community members expressed interest in donating and getting involved with Project Home programming at the Provincial House in the future. If you are interested in supporting these efforts now, one helpful action could be to start collecting donations, such as gently used towels, hygienic supplies, socks, underwear, etc. Additionally, while Project Home traditionally benefits from volunteers, volunteer opportunities have been significantly reduced due to COVID-19. Once it becomes safe, volunteer opportunities will likely be available at the Provincial House. 

Sign up for email updates from Interfaith Action to learn about how to donate and volunteer should the shelter move forward. 

Now open: Day shelter on West 7th Street

Freedom House day shelter

On Monday, Listening House of Saint Paul officially opened a day shelter at Freedom House on West 7th Street. Operating as a space for unsheltered individuals to escape winter weather conditions, access bathrooms and connect one-on-one with social services, Freedom House will remain open and available to all people experiencing homelessness through January 2022, with no referral process required. Services are available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week. The facility, supported by funding from Ramsey County, represents a collaborative effort among Listening House, the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Fire Department, and nonprofit service provider partners. Learn more about Listening House of Saint Paul.

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.