What’s the cost of not sheltering homeless people during a pandemic?

According the Minneapolis Star Tribune, cost for sheltering the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic could hit $1 million per week for Hennepin County. Hennepin County has about 4,000 homeless residents, of whom about 400 are considered high risk because they are 55 and older. There have been strides to separate the high risk citizens… RoganContinue reading “What’s the cost of not sheltering homeless people during a pandemic?”

EVENT 10am today (Mar 26) Press conference on role of Shelters in curbing Coronavirus: featuring Monica Nilsson

Today at 10am, Statewide Homeless Service Providers and Advocates will sound the alarm on COVID-19, specifically talking about the futility of an executive order that asks people to shelter in place yet does not protect the homeless. Leaders from organizations across Minnesota providing emergency shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness will give an update onContinue reading “EVENT 10am today (Mar 26) Press conference on role of Shelters in curbing Coronavirus: featuring Monica Nilsson”

Can Census2020 accurately count people experiencing homelessness? Not during a pandemic

Census 2020 is too important to get wrong. It determines political representation and Federal funding. By state, but by county too. Minnesota could lose a congressional seat if the count is low. Census data is a major factor in planning services like schools, hospitals and housing. Temporary shifts in homeless and student populations will impactContinue reading “Can Census2020 accurately count people experiencing homelessness? Not during a pandemic”

Minnesota’s plan for COVID-19 protection for people experiencing homelessness

What do you do when the number one recommendation to prevent and protect from COVID-19 is stay at home and you don’t have a home? The Minneapolis Star Tribune looked at the issue of protection for people experiencing homelessness today with a recognition that they are double victims, “left stranded in daytime as public placesContinue reading “Minnesota’s plan for COVID-19 protection for people experiencing homelessness”

The gift of time at Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish Shelters

Gift givers It would have been easy for Ken McCraley and his team from KMS, a black and locally owned small business, to tell me that he didn’t have the capacity to load or unload dozens of mats donated from Abbott Northwestern Hospital or that he only had manpower but no way to deliver. Instead,Continue reading “The gift of time at Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish Shelters”