City leaders, community partners outline action plan to assist people living in homeless encampment 

Mayor Jacob Frey joined Native American community leaders, social service providers and other government partners today in announcing an action plan to help people living in a growing homeless encampment near Hiawatha and Cedar avenues in south Minneapolis.

The City and its partners are united in efforts to help connect people living in the encampment with critical resources and long-term solutions, including stable housing, healthcare and social services. Here are key elements of the coalition’s 100-day action plan that begins today:

·       Today through Aug. 31: The focus remains on harm reduction at the encampment and meeting the emergency needs of residents related to safety and health.

·       September: Extensive outreach will continue to connect people with critical resources. An offsite location will be established with showers, bathrooms, medical personnel and housing service providers to serve members of the encampment. At the end of September, the encampment will close.

·       Oct. 1-Dec. 1: The coalition will continue to provide housing placement and medical support for community members. Community and government partners will also focus work on long-term strategies to address housing stability, health concerns and the opioid epidemic. This includes the continued work of the Mayor’s Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force on Opioids and the convening of a housing stability task force. 

“The conditions at the camp are a cause of large systemic problems,” said Robert Lilligren, president and CEO of the Native American Community Development Institute. “We need to all work together, putting the Native community in the lead, to address the immediate needs of the residents of the camp. Then together, put Native people first to seek long-term, sustainable solutions to health, prosperity and vitality.”

“Working with, and providing direct support to, Native American community leaders, our coalition can effectively address short, mid, and long-term public safety and public health concerns for vulnerable members of our community and our city,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Today we joined many of those leaders to present a plan for doing so.”

How to help

The community response to the encampment has been swift and generous. Leaders within the Native American community are organizing donation collections. Find out how to help at franklinhiawathacamp.org.

Coalition partners

The City is working alongside public and private community partners, including:

·       Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID)

·       Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC)

·       Natives Against Heroin (NAH)

·       Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)

·       American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC)

·       American Indian OIC

·       Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC)

·       Southside Harm Reduction

·       Indigenous Peoples Task Force

·       Minnesota Department of Health

·       Minnesota Department of Transportation

·       Hennepin County

·       St. Stephen’s Human Services

·       People Incorporated

·       Native American Community Clinic (NACC)

·       Indian Health Board (IHB)

·       Community University Health Care Clinic (CUHCC)
 

Published Aug 23, 2018

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