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Park board passes resolution to provide sanctuary to those experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis parks

Tents are set up at the site of a homeless encampment Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. Photo: KSTP. Tents are set up at the site of a homeless encampment Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

KSTP
Updated: June 18, 2020 07:20 AM
Created: June 18, 2020 06:23 AM

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) passed a plan on Wednesday committing to providing sanctuary space in Minneapolis parks for people currently experiencing homelessness.

Before the Powderhorn Park Sanctuary was established, the Park Police had enforced a camping prohibition within the park system.

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Therefore, the commissioners passed a resolution affirming that areas in Minneapolis parks will be a refuge for people currently experiencing homelessness. 


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The Minneapolis City spokesperson released a statement that said MPRB is to coordinate with other agencies to pursue a long-term solution for residents of the sanctuary. 

The Minnesota Department of Health is also providing public health support for those in the area. 


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