Efforts begin to move people in Minneapolis homeless encampment to navigation center

December 11, 2018 06:52 PM

Those living in a large homeless encampment in Minneapolis will begin moving to a navigation center Tuesday.

The center is the city's solution to help those living in the encampment in the area of Hiawatha Avenue near Franklin and 16th Avenues.

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The temporary shelter is the first of its kind in Minnesota and was constructed in an effort to give people a safe space to live as well as access to services.

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It also helps move people away from the encampment which was becoming increasingly dangerous. There have been several fires at the encampment within the past few months and many who live there have said it's become a hotbed of drugs and crime.

The navigation center, which consists of three temporary buildings and is located a few blocks from the encampment, can house up to 140 people. Alcohol and drugs are banned at the center. Those at the center will be given access to food, services and security.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said it has been a community effort to get to this point.

"What we're seeing is a beautifully united vision that is moving away from seeing homeless people as invisible and moving towards treating them with compassion and recognition of the dignity of every single human being," Frey said.

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Center representatives said they expect the move to last through the week. The center is expected to be open through May.

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