Minneapolis Looking at Options to Move Homeless Encampment

November 15, 2018 11:14 AM

The City of Minneapolis is in the process of finding a new place for the homeless encampment just off Franklin Avenue. Mayor Jacob Frey is looking at a vacant lot at the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and East 26th Street as one option. It's one of two options currently on the table.

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Aurora charter school, which is right next to the lot, doesn't want the camp to move to the vacant lot. The school's administration said they didn't even know that this situation was a possibility until Monday. 

"We want people underserved who need services to get them but in my mind, I'm still picturing drug use and those kinds of things that are currently going on at that location. And exposing that to our kids on a daily basis basically, 50 feet, 30 feet from our building would be a deep concern of mine," Matt Cisewski of Aurora Charter School said. 


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Cisewski wrote a letter to Mayor Frey. He told Frey he thought there were better sites he could pick than the field next to his school on East 26th Street. Cisewski says he told the mayor about a trip the kids made to East Phillips Park where they ran into people doing drug deals and used syringes scattered all over the ground. He believes not putting the encampment next to his school would be the right thing to do. 

The city has said the goal is to get everyone out of the camp by October. They will discuss this issue Thursday at a city council meeting.

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