RISE: Help for Those Experiencing Homelessness
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.
Kohler Hall on the shuttered 72-acre Boys Totem Town location in the Battle Creek neighborhood of Saint Paul provides respite care services for up to 70 unsheltered single adults displaying symptoms of COVID-19. The location provides 24/7 symptom monitoring, meals, security and transportation to and from the site for individuals experiencing homelessness. Respite care was previously provided at Mary Hall in downtown Saint Paul, but moved entirely to Kohler Hall in August.
Contracts with area hotels currently provide specialized temporary shelter for approximately 200 people including elders, women and couples. Mary Hall is now utilized as additional shelter space and houses more than 100 residents. Residents may be referred to the hotel-shelter program through area homeless shelters and other partners.
Ramsey County's Safe Space shelter in downtown Saint Paul continues to provide emergency overnight shelter for up to 64 single adults. Referrals to Safe Space are made through Catholic Charities, homeless outreach partners, hospitals, law enforcement and neighbors (651-266-4483).
All sites offer connections to services and programs to provide those experiencing homelessness with support and help to identity stable, long-term housing.
- Housing services and support
- COVID-19 Respite and Temporary Shelters dashboard
- Bethesda Hospital site
- CARES contracts and spending
- Materials from Oct. 20, 2020 workshop on homelessness
- Coordinated response to homelessness video
- County Manager Ryan O'Connor: Our commitment to protecting those without homes during the COVID-19 pandemic