Navigation Center

The temporary Navigation Center in south Minneapolis is scheduled to close June 3.

When it opened in December 2018, it welcomed 135 people, expanding its capacity by 15 beds to accommodate people previously living at the nearby Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment.

The Red Lake Nation and Simpson Housing Services have partnered to oversee the center in south Minneapolis with support from a coalition of government and community partners, including the City of Minneapolis, which provided funding for the three large sprung structures at the site owned by the Red Lake Nation. It is a safe, warm and service-rich environment.

The Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment closed Dec. 21.

Background on temporary Navigation Center

Navigation Center

(Above: Inside one of the Navigation Center's sprung structure's under construction Dec. 13)

The temporary Navigation Center at 2109 Cedar Ave. provides a safe and service-rich environment for people who were living at the encampment. The Red Lake Nation owns the Navigation Center site and will provide security and some of the social services at the center. The center will remain open until May 2019. After that, the Red Lake Nation is breaking ground on a new affordable housing project at the site.

The City has worked closely with partners on the development of the center and provided funding for three large heated sprung structures on site.

Background on encampment

Overview of encampment outreach work

City Council actions, presentations on encampment

Coalition partners

Last updated May 16, 2019

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