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As winter approaches, Minneapolis approves 'Indoor Villages' for homeless

The "tiny homes" will be paid for under the CARES Act.

An effort to house a portion of Minneapolis's homeless population in tiny homes will receive nearly $2M in funding from the city. 

On Friday, the City Council unanimously approved the "Indoor Villages" project, which will see a number of tiny homes installed in vacant warehouse space. 

The program will use community development funds from the CARES Act — the stimulus package the U.S. Congress approved this year to combat economic fallout from COVID-19. 

The effort will be administered by Avivo, a local nonprofit that serves those struggling with poverty, homelessness, addiction and mental health challenges. 

Indoor Villages is a charitable organization that describes its solution — tiny homes in warehouses — as an "immediate, safe + cost effective alternative to outdoor encampments," which became more and more visible in Minneapolis this year amid the combined crises of coronavirus and unrest following the death of George Floyd. 

The graphics below show the basics of the tiny-home units themselves, as well as how the program works: 

The organization's Facebook posts describe the project as "transitional housing for those who are moving from shelters to permanent housing."

As WCCO notes, the tiny home village will be set up in an empty warehouse in the North Loop, with the goal of having it "up and running" next month.

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