Minneapolis agrees on location of temporary site for homeless encampment

The land is owned by the city and the Red Lake Nation.
Publish date:

Minneapolis councilors on Wednesday approved a new temporary location for the homeless people currently staying in tents at the Hiawatha-Franklin encampment.

A 1.25 acre site at 2109 Cedar Avenue, which includes parcels of land owned by the city and by the Red Lake Nation, will be the site of a temporary "Navigation Center."

The homeless at the Franklin/Hiawatha tent city will be relocated to the new center just a few hundred yards away, on the east side of Hiawatha Avenue, adjacent to the Hiawatha bike trail.

The current encampment, which has been rife with health, drug and crime problems as its grown over the summer, will be allowed to remain until the new center opens.

That might not be until early December, with the city first having to demolish three buildings and clean up the site. That's before setting up what MPR describes as at least three FEMA-style trailers at the site that, when a year's running costs are taken into account, is expected to cost up to $2.5 million.

When operational, the city says the Navigation Center will provide a "safe and service-rich environment" for residents of the encampment, many of whom are Native American, as well as somewhere warm to stay during the frigid winters.

Follow Bring Me The News on Flipboard

In a statement after the vote, Mayor Jacob Frey said: "Today’s Council vote is a positive step forward and reaffirms that the site at 2109 Cedar Avenue South is culturally appropriate and equipped to provide for the safety and health of people currently living at the encampment along Hiawatha Avenue.

"Our work will continue to be done in partnership with the native community and will be guided by several overriding goals: protecting everyone's health and safety, providing supportive social services, and ultimately finding more permanent housing options for our communities experiencing homelessness."

The city has also agreed to work on a new program for transitional housing geared towards Native Americans experiencing chronic homelessness. More information on that program will be released next month.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 12.27.04 PM

Man's vehicles crushed by hit-and-run driver weren't fully insured

The goal is to raise $25,000 to help the south Minneapolis resident.

Joe Biden

Key points from Joe Biden's first speech as POTUS

The 46th president called for unity at a time America is facing huge challenges.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 20

The 111 ICU patients is the fewest in Minnesota since there were 109 COVID patients in intensive care on Oct. 1.


Here's what Amy Klobuchar said at Joe Biden's inauguration

The Minnesota senator was one of the leader organizers of the inauguration.

covid-19, vaccine

All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Lane kueng thao chauvin

Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

830-WCCO host calls for Dave Lee's replacement to be person of color

WCCO-AM has not had a person of color as a weekday daytime host in its history.

Screen Shot 2021-01-20 at 8.57.50 AM

Harmful grass fly larvae found in shipment to International Falls

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials safeguarded the shipment until the threat could be mitigated.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota high schoolers will be reimbursed for canceled European trips

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a settlement with the travel company Friday.

Donald Trump

Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.


Another death reported at Minneapolis homeless encampment

The cause of the 51-year-old woman's death is under investigation.

Action promised to tackle growing homeless camp in Minneapolis

The encampment has sprung up near Hiawatha Avenue in recent months.

Man dies at temporary homeless shelter in Minneapolis

People were moved to the shelter from the tent city encampment, where several died from ODs.

Young woman's death at Minneapolis tent city heightens health fears

The 26-year-old died from an apparent asthma attack.

police tape, crime scene

Police investigating death at Minnehaha Park homeless encampment

Minneapolis PD said the man had suffered 'obvious trauma.'

Minneapolis Parks to clean up homeless camp near Lake of the Isles

The Parks and Recreation Board says staff are connecting with those living at the camp.

powderhorn park minneapolis

Minneapolis park board may limit homeless encampments at city parks

It is considering a resolution Wednesday that would also require encampments to be gone by Sept. 1.