Housing Stability Update: March 19, 2021

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Housing Stability Update

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Interfaith Action welcomes first families to Provincial House shelter

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This week, families experiencing homelessness officially began moving into the Project Home family shelter at the Provincial House located off Randolph Avenue in Saint Paul. Unanimously approved by the city’s Planning Commission and overwhelmingly supported by more than 500 neighbors in the surrounding neighborhood, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, with financial support from Ramsey County, will manage Project Home programming at the facility. The shelter is expected to house approximately 20 families with minor children, almost all of whom are under the age of 12.

Over the last several months Ramsey County, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and Interfaith Action have worked alongside neighborhood residents and faith communities to make the Provincial House possible. This new temporary shelter is a valuable community resource that helps provide shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness, many of whom are struggling especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn.

Interfaith Action’s rapid exit support team will serve on site at the Provincial House to help these families find permanent, affordable housing and connect them to employment and educational opportunities.

Learn more about the proposed Provincial House shelter.

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.