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Navigation Center in Minneapolis closes

June 03, 2019 06:54 PM

The Navigation Center on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis was scheduled to close its doors Monday.

The shelter opened in December to house those who had been living at a homeless encampment on Hiawatha Avenue. It was supposed to close Friday, but the extension was meant to give community organizations more time to help people find housing.

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The Red Lake Nation and Simpson Housing Services were the lead partners at the center, while the city provided funding for three sprung structures at the site.

City officials and others involved with the center spoke about the experience Monday at the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency in St. Paul.

Steve Horsefield of Simpson Housing Services said of the over 170 people who started at the center, the hope is to see 100 of them in "permanent and sustainable housing for the long run."

"That's a tremendously exciting outcome in a relatively brief period of time," he said.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the center proved what cooperation can achieve when it comes to addressing issues like homelessness.

"The numbers do not call for a victory lap, but they are something to use as an indication going forward of what we can do collectively," he said.

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