City Council passes measure expediting development of temporary Navigation Center

The City Council passed a measure today suspending procurement rules to expedite the creation of the temporary Navigation Center for people currently living at the Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment.

The measure under Minnesota State Statute 12.37 allows the City to provide emergency aid in a timely manner unencumbered by bidding and procurement regulations. The Council also passed a motion establishing a City work group on the encampment seeking participation from Hennepin County leadership.

The City Council recently approved a site at 2109 Cedar Ave. for the Navigation Center, which will provide a safe and service-rich environment for people at the encampment who face challenges connecting to traditional shelter housing. The site includes parcels owned by the Red Lake Nation and the City.

Hennepin County, nonprofit partners and community will take the lead on developing and implementing services at the Navigation Center with support from the City. The goal is to have the Navigation Center open early December.

City staff have been directed to report back on the progress of the Navigation Center on Oct. 24 to the Council’s Housing Policy and Development Committee.



Published Oct 5, 2018



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