IN-DEPTH: City of Minneapolis Looking at Navigation Centers Across the US

November 16, 2018 09:51 AM

On Wednesday, more will be learned about the navigation center that will provide emergency transitional services to the folks at the Hiawatha homeless encampment. More details are expected to be announced at the City Council's housing policy and development committee.

City Council has approved $1.5 million to build the center. However, it's unclear what the center will look like. The temporary navigation center is the first of its kind in Minnesota. The center will be modeled after similar concepts in Seattle, San Diego and San Francisco.


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San Francisco is probably the closest program to what the City of Minneapolis will model its center after. Typically clients stay at the San Francisco navigation center for a little less than three months. They remain free to come and go while living in dorms. The center is a one-stop-shop for homeless services ranging from shelter, to identification cards, financial benefits and even health care.

The City of Seattle, Washington is facing a similar situation as Minneapolis, with a lack of bed space.

"It's just coming available so slowly that it's taking longer to get them out," Daniel Malone, Executive Director of the navigation center in Seattle, said.

RELATED: Minneapolis City Council Delays Vote on Relocation Site for Homeless Encampment 

San Diego is on the other end of the spectrum. They will open a new navigation center in a former indoor skydiving building downtown next summer. The biggest difference is the center will have no beds and serve no meals-- only resources for workforce training, housing and mental health services. 

The City Council's housing policy and development committee will meet at 1:30 p.m.

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