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City of Minneapolis builds homes for homeless

June 11, 2019 06:34 PM

Minneapolis marked the opening of the first new public housing in the city since 2010. 16 families who were once homeless now have a place to call home.

In March, Regina Monegan and her three kids were the first to move in. She was homeless with her children for three years and in a shelter for months.

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"It's very stressful, it's hard especially with children it takes a lot out of you," she said.

In January she received a call about housing at the Minnehaha townhomes on Riverview Drive in Minneapolis.

The site consists of four buildings in the East Nokomis neighborhood. The townhomes include four two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom units at a cost of $5 million. 


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Ward 12 Council member Andrew Johnson says the land used was sitting vacant for years.

"Originally we were going to sell the land MPH for $600,000 and I think we ended up selling for a $1," Johnson said.

According to Minneapolis Public Housing, families began moving in at the beginning of March. The townhomes are reserved for families below 30 percent of area median income.


Facilities like the Minnehaha Townhomes are important because homelessness in Hennepin County is on the rise.


"This is 16 homes that are going to exist for many families in this incredible neighborhood close to lightrail station, right across from a park. We just couldn't be happier to welcome these families to our community," Johnson said.

Monegan says everyone here looks out for each other.

"We all get along very well because we all went through a struggle so we all know exactly what we don't want to go through again," she said.

For a more detailed study on homelessness in Hennepin County, click here.

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