St. Paul's Day Center for homeless in a struggle of its own

Author:
Updated:
Original:

After 32 years, the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul that serves a growing Twin Cities homeless population is itself struggling to make ends meet, the Pioneer Press reports.

At an anniversary event at the center, Mayor Chris Coleman on Thursday morning is expected to note the center's challenges and discuss possible strategies to help steer the more than 200 people who spend their nights at the shelter into beds and services, the newspaper reports. One estimate indicates the center serves 81 percent of the homeless people in Ramsey County.

In a commentary in the Star Tribune today, Coleman issues a call to action for help.

Coleman is expected to launch a task force to study new methods to fund the operation and the likelihood of providing a wider array of services, perhaps at another location, the Pioneer Press reports.

Homelessness in Minnesota is on the rise, especially among families and children. Homelessness has also been a worsening problem in the suburbs.

The Day center opened in 1981 in a small downtown storefront. The current facility, built in 1993, offers barebones overnight accommodations, meals, mental health programs, a small medical clinic and the only women's shelter in Ramsey County, the Pioneer Press notes.

Next Up

William_O'Brien_State_Park_-_panoramio

Man drowns in St. Croix River at William O'Brien State Park

It's not clear what caused the 46-year-old to go under.

ATV

Man, 66, dies after his ATV was hit by a minivan on highway

It happened in Renville County Friday evening.

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 10.09.06 AM

Rochester suddenly shuts down recently opened parking ramp

Original plans for the parking lot included housing above it, but issues with construction prevented it from being built.

Mudcat Grant

Former Twins pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant dies at 85

Grant was a critical piece of the 1965 AL Championship team but did much more.

sprinkler water

Lake Elmo among latest MN cities to implement outdoor watering ban

The ban prohibits automatic or mechanical watering outdoors in an effort to conserve water during the period of extreme heat.

LRT trail in Hopkins.

Police: Suspect assaulted woman on LRT trail in Hopkins

They're asking for the public's help tracking him down.

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 7.50.02 AM

Former WCCO reporter Mary McGuire joins FOX 9

She'll be reporting in a freelance role with the FOX affiliate.

Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker removed from rotation, fits in with Twins bullpen

The right-hander allowed two ninth-inning runs in a 6-4 loss to Houston.

1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 2019

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside funeral in Minneapolis

The funeral was for one of two people killed in the shooting outside a Minneapolis nightclub in May.

Related