July 05, 2018 08:12 PM
Many may think of homelessness as an inner-city problem.
But it is an issue that extends to the suburbs as well.
And to help those struggling there, a new homeless shelter is set to open in northern Washington County later this month.
The Saint Andrew's Family Shelter in Hugo will give five families temporary housing. The shelter is located in a former church rectory.
"This is really a first step to stability," said Jenny Mason with St. Andrew's Community Resource Center.
"Coming into a shelter is one of the best ways to resolve homelessness. Because then there's case management, there's other support. Sometimes there's housing subsidies that can come to families."
The renovation project is costing $300,000 to complete. The group received grants through Washington County to help pay for it.
Homeless in the Suburbs
According to a statewide study of homelessness conducted on one evening in October, 2015 by St. Paul-based Wilder Research:
The research notes the high cost of rent and a tight rental market are two reasons homelessness is an issue here.
* Source: Wilder Research (a branch of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, which describes its mission as promoting the social welfare of those in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means)
Updated: July 05, 2018 08:12 PM
Created: July 05, 2018 04:37 PM
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