Minneapolis Parks and Rec. 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.
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Minneapolis Parks and Recreation officials say a small homeless encampment that has emerged near Lake of the Isles will be cleaned up by the end of the week.

Pictures of the camp were shared by KSTP on Thursday, showing litter in a wooded area near the Lake of the Isles Dog Park.

In a statement to Bring Me The News, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board says its staff and park police "regularly encounter people experiencing homelessness in that location."

Late last week, park people were made aware that there are six people staying at the encampment.

"Since then, we have been working to connect the encampment occupants with St. Stephens Human Services and other social service resources to move into shelters or other housing," Parks Board spokeswoman Robin Smothers said.

"We expect to have the area cleaned up by the end of the week."

The issue of homelessness in Minneapolis became particularly prevalent during 2018 following the erection of the Hiawatha/Franklin homeless camp in south Minneapolis.

At one point, more than 200 people were living at the tent city, but it has since been moved to a temporary shelter called the Navigation Center off of Cedar Avenue.

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The last statewide homelessness study in Minnesota was conducted by Wilder Research in 2015, and counted 9,312 homeless adults, youths and children across the state.

This was a slight decrease of 9 percent from the same study in 2012, at the end of the financial crisis, after there had been a 32 percent jump between 2006 and 2012.

The main reasons given for homelessness include a lack of affordable housing, joblessness, chronic health conditions, and being the victims of abuse or violence.

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