Minneapolis prepares to move people from homeless encampment to navigation center

December 09, 2018 10:15 PM

Leaders in Minneapolis are preparing to close a homeless encampment and move the people there to a temporary shelter this week. 

City officials said people in the encampment in south Minneapolis will start moving to the temporary navigation center on Tuesday.

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The navigation center has three buildings that will hold 140 people.

City and Native American leaders hope for a smooth transition during the move. 

"I'm very hopeful for a smooth transition," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said. "I think the fact that this has been Native-led and Native-run and the land that the navigation center sits is owned by the Red Lake Nation, I think that adds an element that is exceeding helpful."


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"I think it's going to be smooth," Sam Strong with Red Lake Nation said. "Obviously it's a change for the people there. a positive change, one where they can have warmth, security, food and access to services where they can overcome the issues they face there today."

The navigation center will remain open until June.

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