Housing Stability in Ramsey County

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Since 2019, a county and city staff workgroup has met regularly to develop and act on solutions that address a serious challenge many communities across the country are facing, including Ramsey County: unsheltered homelessness. The current COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic downturn have only further exacerbated the present housing crisis.

The pandemic has posed unique challenges for our shelter spaces, removing some existing capacity to apply safe social distancing guidelines and increasing the number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. There are currently more than 300 people sleeping outdoors across Ramsey County on any given night. Because of this, Ramsey County, the City of Saint Paul and other partners have been working quickly since this spring to add additional shelter beds by this winter. The need for additional action on this issue, even temporarily, is overwhelming – especially as we face another Minnesota winter.

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Bethesda Hospital site

Temporary shelter at Luther Seminary

Project Home at the Provincial House

Day shelter at West 7th St. neighborhood

Refer people to emergency housing

Expanded services for unsheltered families

Community engagement

Our commitment to housing stability

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