Housing Stability Update: February 15, 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.

Zoning Committee public hearing on proposed family shelter scheduled for Feb. 25

Project Home at the Provincial House

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul has applied for a conditional use permit with the City of Saint Paul to use the Provincial House as a family shelter. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments on this application at a Zoning Committee hearing on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. (A link to the meeting will be posted on the City’s website next week.)

You can share your input on the proposed family shelter by emailing your comments to PED-ZoningCommitteeSecretary@ci.stpaul.mn.us by noon on Feb. 24, or by testifying during the meeting. (Previously submitted comments will be included in the public record for the upcoming public hearing.) The Zoning Committee’s recommendation will go to the Planning Commission for a vote on Friday, March 5.

Pending approvals, the proposed family shelter could open in March.

About the Provincial House
Ramsey County, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are exploring a new opportunity to use the Provincial House on Randolph Avenue in Saint Paul as a temporary shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Supported by funding from Ramsey County for site operations, Interfaith Action would lease the building to serve approximately 20 families through its Project Home program. The program serves families with minor children, of whom 90% are under the age of 12. In addition to providing temporary shelter, Interfaith Action’s Rapid Exit Support Team would operate on site to assist families in finding permanent, affordable housing options and connect them with employment and educational opportunities.

Two virtual town halls with community members have been hosted to discuss this shelter proposal. You can watch a recording of the first meeting here and the second meeting here.

Learn more about the proposed Provincial House shelter.

Keeping our unsheltered neighbors warm and indoors

Recently, outdoor temperatures have dipped significantly below zero, creating dangerous weather conditions for our unsheltered neighbors. In preparation, the county, city and its partners have expanded shelter capacity to ensure that everyone has access to warm shelter during the days and nights. The coordinated referral system that the city and county have already created will allow these shelters to easily refer and transport people to other shelters if they don't have available space.

These dangerous temperatures are expected to continue over the next few days. If you or someone you know are in need of shelter, please visit this webpage. You can also call the Saint Paul Police Department's non-emergency phone number at 651-291-1111.

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.