Housing Stability Update: January 22, 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.

Freedom House Neighborhood Meeting: Jan. 26

Listening House of Saint Paul has been operating a new daytime drop-in facility for individuals experiencing homelessness since Jan. 4 at Freedom House on West 7th Street. Freedom House is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week, offering a place to do laundry, take a shower, meet privately with service providers, or just get a cup of coffee and conversation.

On Jan. 26, the West 7th / Fort Road Federation and Saint Paul City Council Member Rebecca Noecker are hosting an opportunity for neighbors in the area to learn more about the status of Freedom House operations and answer any questions. 

Freedom House Virtual Neighborhood Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 26
6-7 p.m.
Join via Zoom

Temporary shelter at Luther Seminary expands to 70 beds

A temporary shelter for women and couples on the Luther Seminary campus in Saint Paul's Saint Anthony Park neighborhood opened in December with 50 beds. The shelter received an expanded occupancy permit so that it now has room for 70 people each night. This temporary shelter will be open through April 2021.

Highland Park District Council committee supports proposed family shelter

The Highland Park District Council Community Development Committee voted this week to support the Project Home family shelter at the Provincial House. The full District Council will review the project on Feb. 4.

Ramsey County, Interfaith Action and the Sisters of St. Joseph are working concurrently on several permitting and legal pieces that need to be completed before the shelter can open. Interfaith Action and the Sisters of St. Joseph are finalizing the terms of a lease agreement, and the City of Saint Paul is considering a conditional use permit application that would allow a family shelter to operate on the site. Once these two pieces are in place, the Minnesota Department of Health would need to issue a license and the City of Saint Paul would need to issue a building permit. Finally, minor improvements, such as updates to the kitchen, would need to be made to the building to accommodate the family shelter. If the family shelter is approved and all of these moving pieces are completed in a timely manner, the family shelter could open as soon as March 2021.

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.