American Indian Nonprofits Partner with Minneapolis to Address Homelessness

Nonprofit Quarterly | August 28, 2018

American Indian Nonprofits Partner with Minneapolis to Address Homelessness
According to the Star Tribune, Mayor Jacob Frey recently announced that local service agencies will have a special focus on helping the rapidly expanding tent city between Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues. The deadline to eliminate the encampment is end of September. The rise in homelessness has been tied to a decrease in affordable housing and an inability for local homeless shelters to keep up with the growing demand. “Housing is a right, and the city has an obligation to step up and we are stepping up,” Frey said at a news conference at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis. “We will be working to ensure that those present at the encampment receive every service they need.” Star Tribune noted that the homeless camp is made up in the greatest part by American Indians and has doubled in size over the past two weeks. The camp is battling infections like MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection) and hepatitis, and some are concerned for the safety and well-being of single women. It is important here to note the work of local nonprofits. The American Indian Community Development Corporation will be providing hygienic service areas that will include toilets and showers. Star Tribune noted that AICDC hopes that by operating these hygiene areas, it will build relationships and help the people there learn how to access services such as supported housing and chemical dependency treatment. As homelessness continues to rise across the nation, creative solutions for affordable housing are key. NPQ has noted how repurposing malls has been in the conversation. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is also looking into California’s issues with affordability.

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