• Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment

    Wall of Forgotten Natives

    This page is managed by

    Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID).

     

    Please note that MUID does not run or manage the Navigation Center. Questions about the Center should be directed to Simpson Housing Services.

  • A brief history

    Minneapolis is built on Dakota land, and has long been home to a significant Native American Indian population. The Native people here are resourceful, resilient, and committed to our families, communities and cultures. Centuries of genocide and forced assimilation have created a range of challenges for 21st century American Indians. Native people make up a disproportionate number of the homeless population in Minneapolis. Causes of homelessness are related to economics, domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, and many other causes.

     

    In recent weeks many people joined together to create a safe encampment near the Franklin/Hiawatha corridor. This community is comprised primarily of Native people, many with significant housing challenges. A broad coalition of partners and stakeholders are coming together to address the short-term, mid-term and long-term barriers to housing for the residents of this camp. Working together, we hope to find housing for the camp’s residents by the end of September, and certainly before the weather turns cold.

     

    Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) stands in solidarity with our community and partners and we are committed to dedicating our organization’s resources to support this effort. To read MUID's full statement on this issue, please click on MUID Statement above.

  • Camp Blog

    Writings, photographs and news from our community.

    To feast and to flourish. Last Friday, January 11th, a feast was held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. It had been three weeks to the day since the last residents of the Franklin Hiawatha encampment were moved to the new Minneapolis Navigation Center. It was, and remains, a time of...
    Tomorrow, Friday December 28th, will mark one week since the last of the Franklin Hiawatha Camp residents were moved out of the cold and mud and into the new Minneapolis Navigation Center. Over the past week more than 130 of our homeless relatives were moved out of the camp, off the street, and...
    I've been asked by a few folks on social media to respond to allegations made about the encampment by Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB). I am happy to do so. Please see CUAPB allegations, made via Facebook, in bold regular font, and my responses in CAPS, below. CUAPB has been...
    The new Minneapolis Navigation Center opened last week. Less than four months after Native American leaders requested a meeting with Mayor Frey to discuss the public health issues raised by the Franklin Hiawatha encampment our community has taken a giant step forward in tackling the challenges of...
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  • Metro Urban Indian Directors

    Representing Native American-led non-profits

    Click above to visit the MUID website.

    There you can find links to all of the MUID member organizations.

    MUID is a coalition of leadership of the region’s Native organizations. MUID membership represents a range of nonprofits including direct health services, education, housing, and economic development.

     

    Established over 40 years ago, MUID is partner with the groundbreaking Memo of Understanding with City of Minneapolis, which establishes a framework for the City’s engagement with the Native the community. MUID seeks to support the work of grassroots groups, the public and private sector, and community in addressing solutions to homelessness in the Native and broader communities.

  • Complete MUID Statement on the Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment

    August 23, 2018

    Minneapolis is on Dakota Land in Mni Sota Makoce (Land where the water reflects the sky) and is now home to many Native people from across the state and across the country. The water, trees, and all living things growing out of the ground carry with them the spirit of the original Dakota inhabitants because this ground is quite literally saturated with the DNA of our Indigenous ancestors. These ancestors lived here for millennium before Minneapolis even became a City. This land continues to be sacred land for many of the Urban Native population.

     

    Despite hundreds of years of trauma and genocidal actions against us in this country, Native people are still here. We are resourceful, resilient, and committed to our community, families, and our cultures and traditions. However, we still face many challenges. Homelessness, chemical dependency, mental and physical health struggles, vulnerability to exploitation and violence are all byproducts of the generations of trauma experienced by our relatives. Though we are less than 2% of the population, we experience disproportionate rates of all these effects.

     

    In recent weeks many of our relatives have come together and moved into tents in the area along a soundwall on the east side of Highway 55. This community has become known as the Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment, or for some, the Wall of Forgotten Natives. Our community faces significant challenges to housing and many have been “forgotten” and erased by those systems that were set up to assist them. These relatives face many barriers to finding safe and affordable housing, which is a long-standing problem in Minneapolis. Housing shortages, rigid landlords, policies that create lifetime bans based on survival behaviors; these are just some of the things that affect these individuals and have created the environment for the Encampment.

     

    In response, a broad coalition of government, non profit, and community partners and stakeholders are coming together to address the short-term, mid-term and long-term barriers to housing for the residents of this camp, as well as those in other camps not so visible. Working together, we hope to find housing options for the camp’s population by the end of September, certainly before the weather turns cold.

     

    The Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) is helping to coordinate this effort. MUID is a collation of leadership of Minneapolis Native organizations and urban Tribal offices and embassies. Membership represent a wide range of nonprofits including direct health services, education, housing, economic development, and more. Established over 40 years ago, MUID is a partner with the groundbreaking Memo of Understanding with City of Minneapolis, which establishes a framework for the City’s engagement with the Native community.

     

    MUID seeks to support and connect the tireless work of grassroots groups, the public and private sector organizations that have stepped forward to help, and the many individuals who seek to band together to create long term solutions to homelessness in the Native and broader communities. To do this we must build a sustainable, long-term, coordinated effort that acknowledges the indigenous history that frames this struggle.

     

    We invite all to join us in this work.

  • Below is a timeline of actions and events related to the encampment.

    Franklin Hiawatha Encampment Timeline

     

    In the Spring of 2018 a handful of tents were erected on the MNDot owned land at the intersection of Franklin Avenue East and Hiawatha Ave/Highway 55. The tents were sheltering a group of homeless Minneapolitans, most of them Native American.

     

    As the months went by the encampment grew. Minister Shawn Phillips from Gichitwaa Kateri Catholic Church, members of Natives Against Heroin, and others began to visit the encampment bringing food and other necessities.

     

    The provision of food and other items caused the encampment to grow more quickly, and by August, 2018 there were 50 - 60 tents along the soundwall at Franklin/Hiawatha. Dr Antony Stately, director of the Native American Community Clinic, recognized the public health concerns inherent in such living conditions and contacted City of Minneapolis leadership to discuss the matter.

     

    On August 21, 2018, a group of Native American leaders, including Dr. Stately, Mary LaGarde (Minneapolis American Indian Center), Robert Lilligren (Native American Community Development Institute/Metropolitan Council), Louise Mattson (Division of Indian Work), Patina Park (Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center) and Mike Goze (American Indian Community Development Corporation) met with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, mayoral aides Peter Ebnet and Heidi Ritchie, city coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde and Noya Woodrich, deputy commissioner, Minneapolis Department of Health.

     

    At this meeting the Mayor made the determination to recognize Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) as the community advisory body for deliberations and decisions made about the encampment; this was based on the existing Memorandum of Understanding MUID had with the City. Established over 15 years ago, the Memorandum of Understanding establishes a framework for the City’s engagement with the Native the community.

     

    Following is a timeline of key decisions, incidents, and actions that impacted the encampment from the August 21 meeting to the camp’s closure on December 21, 2018.

     

    AUGUST 14

    First major story by Star Tribune/Chris Serres

     

    AUGUST 17

    First major outreach to camp residents by Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless, St. Stephen’s Human Services and People Incorporated Mental Health Services.

     

    AUGUST 21

    First meeting with community leaders and Mayor Frey

     

    AUGUST 23

    Franklin Hiawatha Camp website launched. Has over 82,000 views by April 1, 2019

     

    AUGUST 23

    Mayor Jacob Frey press conference at MAIC

    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey signaled his intent to work with the tent dwellers last month when he pledged, before a large crowd assembled at the American Indian Center, a “full-throated effort” to find housing for everyone at the encampment by the end of September. The mayor then surprised some in the room by asserting that the encampment is situated on land stolen from American Indians. “It’s stolen Dakota property,” Frey declared.

     

    AUGUST 23

    City Council Action

    Receiving and filing a report regarding efforts being made across the enterprise to assist homeless residents of the encampment near the intersection of Hiawatha and Cedar Aves.

     

    Directing the City Coordinator and Community Planning & Economic Development Director to work with Health and Finance staff to develop implementation plans for the establishment and operation of:

    1. One or more navigation center(s), including careful consideration of City-owned property, to provide emergency transitional services to address the immediate needs of the residents of the Hiawatha encampment that includes low-barrier access to emergency beds, basic healthcare, and other support services; and

    2. One or more culturally-focused and informed transitional housing options focused on serving American Indian individuals and families suffering from chronic homelessness.

    3.  

    Staff will report back to the Committee of the Whole on September 20, 2018, to present the plan for the emergency navigation centers(s) including the implementation timeline, costs and funding sources for the navigation center(s).

     

    Staff will report back to the Housing Policy & Development Committee on October 24, 2018, with an implementation plan for the culturally-informed transitional housing project.

     

    For both the navigation center(s) and the transitional housing project(s), staff shall present two implementation scenarios, one that includes Hennepin County resources, and one that does not.

     

    Staff shall work directly with a diverse range of community residents, groups, and leaders who have been supporting the encampment residents as well as the encampment residents themselves to assist in determining the programmatic requirements of the navigation center(s) and longer-term transitional housing project(s).

     

    Directing staff to work with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians (hereafter referred to as “the developer”) and the coalition formed in partnership with representatives from the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, Hennepin County, and community partners, including the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors, to develop the lots located at 2105, 2109, 2113 Cedar Ave S and 1820 22nd St E as the site for a temporary navigation center to serve persons transitioning out of the current Hiawatha encampment. This work should include, but not be limited to, the following:

     

    1. Project management services that will make the site ready with a date mutually agreed upon by the coalition and any additional funding partners;

    2. Preparation of an operations and programming plan agreed upon by the coalition, the developer, and other partners that includes service delivery, transitional support, staffing, and other operations and/or management support;

    3. Preparation of a finance plan for both capital and operating costs, with a clear delineation of costs to be borne by the City and costs to be borne by other partners, along with funding sources for the same; and

    4. Plans to mitigate off-site impacts of the navigation center on nearby properties.

    Staff is further directed to report back on the above to the Housing Policy and Development Committee by October 24, 2018.

     

    AUGUST 27

    MUID Leadership encampment planning meeting

     

    AUGUST 28

    MUID Meeting at Minneapolis American Indian Center; community response to the camp is discussed at length

     

    AUGUST 30

    MUID leaders meet at MIWRC to further discuss response to encampment

     

    AUGUST - Various

    Camp doubles in size in period of approximately two weeks

     

    SEPTEMBER 4

    AICDC opens Hygiene Services Tent. The HSA Tent offers camp residents the opportunity to shower and attend to personal hygiene needs. It also offers residents the opportunity to meeting with housing, health care, mental health care, and chemical dependency agencies and outreach workers who set up temporary desks weekly within the tent. When winter weather arrived, daily meal service was also moved inside the tent.

     

    SEPTEMBER 5

    MUID leadership meeting at NACDI/ongoing discussion of encampment response

     

    SEPTEMBER 8

    Camp resident Alissa Skipintheday dies of complications from an asthma attack just outside of the camp.

     

    SEPTEMBER 10

    MUID leadership meeting with Hennepin County

     

    SEPTEMBER 10

    Wade Redmond dies at Hennepin County Medical Center of complication from overdose suffered at the encampment two weeks prior.

     

    SEPTEMBER 12

    Minneapolis City Council meeting to address responses to encampment and possible location(s) for temporary navigation center.

     

    SEPTEMBER 13

    City Council action

    Receiving and filing the monthly Coordinator's update including information and follow-up regarding strategic planning and analysis, an update on the Cedar Ave. homeless encampment, Coordinator's office personnel updates and team changes, a mid-point update on Results Minneapolis, and a rundown on other various work being lead by the Coordinator's office.

     

    SEPTEMBER 17

    Livio Mobile Health Services begins to provide medical services at the encampment

     

    SEPTEMBER 20

    Encampment meeting with City and community leaders

     

    SEPTEMBER 25

    Encampment meeting with City and community leaders

     

    SEPTEMBER 26

    City Council Action

    Red Lake location for Navigation Center approved

     

    SEPTEMBER 28

    MUID meeting at Mpls American Indian Center; community response to encampment is discussed at length and continues to dominate work of many Native-led agencies

     

    SEPTEMBER 30

    Pamela Rivera dies of overdose at the encampment

    Natives Against Heroin rip up tents of suspected drug dealers in vigilante response to Rivera’s overdose

     

    OCTOBER 1

    Red Lake Nation surveys camp residents

     

    OCTOBER 5

    City Council Action

    The City Council passed a declaration of emergency on October 5, 2018 with respect to the homeless encampment located in the vicinity of Franklin and Hiawatha Avenues. The Mayor approved and signed this Act on October 9, 2018. This council action approves a budget of $1,500,000 to be spent to on site improvements and shelter to establish a temporary navigation center at the location approved by Council on September 26, 2018.

     

    OCTOBER 10

    City Council Action

    Determining an emergency exists in the homeless encampment located in the vicinity of Franklin and Hiawatha Avenues, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes Section 12.37, consistent with existing City policies and procedures.

     

    Establishing a working group, pursuant to Council Rule IV, Section 3, to plan and take appropriate actions and to consider and make recommendations to the City Council for decision-making, to include Council Members, the Mayor's Office, City executives from relevant departments, and representatives from Hennepin County.

     

    OCTOBER 11

    City of Minneapolis recommends a coalition of social-service agencies manage the Navigation Center. Single Adult Shelter Collaborative, a coalition of agencies including Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and Simpson Housing Services will provide management services.

    OCTOBER 16

    City approves $1.5 million in funding for Navigation Center. Minneapolis city council’s Ways & Means Committee approves a resolution that declared the planned temporary shelter, known as the “navigation center,” as a neighborhood revitalization purpose. Doing so would allow the city to draw from that fund, the consolidated redevelopment tax increment financing district, said Mark Ruff, the city’s chief financial officer.

     

    OCTOBER 23

    City Council Action

    Passage of Resolution approving various appropriations not-to-exceed $1,500,000, for the development of a navigation center at 2109 Cedar Ave S.

     

    OCTOBER 24

    MNDot installs safety fence along Hiawatha side of encampment

     

    OCTOBER 25

    Wilder state-wide homeless survey. Wilder surveyed 218 unsheltered people at the HSA tent on survey day.

     

    OCTOBER 29

    Navigation Center construction underway

     

    OCTOBER 30

    MUID meeting at Mpls American Indian Center; community response to encampment is discussed at length and continues to dominate work of many Native-led agencies

     

    OCTOBER 30

    City Council Action

    Contract with Margaret King to coordinate and align multi-jurisdictional partnership services for a the navigation center at 2109 Cedar Ave

     

    NOVEMBER 1

    Argentina Taylor dies of an overdose at the encampment

     

    NOVEMBER 6

    City Council Action

    Passage of Resolution accepting a gift in the amount of $150,000 from the Pohlad Family Foundation for project management services to support the navigation center.

     

    Authorizing a contract with Margaret King for project management services related to the navigation center project at 2109 Cedar Ave.

     

    Passage of Resolution appropriating funds to City Coordinator's Department.

     

    Passage of Resolution declaring that the Navigation Center Project is a neighborhood revitalization purpose for which Consolidated Redevelopment TIF District funds may be expended.

     

    Passage of Resolution declaring the official intent of the City of Minneapolis to reimburse certain expenditures from the proceeds of tax-exempt bonds to be issued by the City.

     

    NOVEMBER 14

    Tara Houska and other Honor the Earth Line 3 water protectors drive down to Minneapolis to erect two heated army tents at the encampment. The tents will act as warming tents for camp residents.

     

    NOVEMBER 15

    City Council votes to approve 2600 Minnehaha as location for Navigation Center.

     

    NOVEMBER 15

    St Paul’s Cathedral Hill encampment swept; although the city and other agencies are working hard to shrink the Franklin Hiawatha encampment prior to the opening of the limited ned Navigation Center, Natives Against Heroin members and others help some of the St Paul homeless move across the river to the camp.

     

    NOVEMBER 15

    Natives Against Heroin members verbally assault MUID representative Camille Gage, beginning a string of verbal attacks against aid workers and volunteers at the encampment

     

    NOVEMBER 19

    First tent fire at the encampment. 8 to 10 tents burn, no injuries reported.

     

    NOVEMBER 27

    MUID meeting at Mpls American Indian Center; community response to encampment is discussed at length and continues to dominate work of many Native-led agencies

     

    NOVEMBER 28

    Minneapolis Fire Department erects auxiliary tent next to AICDC Health Services tent. The new tent will allow for meal service to move from the camp and into a warm, well lit space. It will also offer agencies another opportunity for outreach to camp residents to encourage them to apply for housing or shelter prior to the move to the NavCen.

     

    DECEMBER 1

    Minneapolis Fire Department begins a fire watch at the encampment.

     

    DECEMBER 7

    Star Tribune reporter witnesses, and then reports on harassment of aid workers and volunteers at the encampment by members of Natives Against Heroin

     

    DECEMBER 7

    Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors send out a statement condemning NAH’s behavior towards aid workers, volunteers, and some homeless residents at the encampment.

     

    DECEMBER 9

    Meeting held with Mayor Frey, Tribal representatives, and leaders of Native-led nonprofits in response to complaints of harassment of aid workers. Mayor and others call for unity.

     

    DECEMBER 10

    Franklin Hiawatha camp residents begin to move to Navigation Center

     

    DECEMBER 13

    Press conference at the Navigation Center with Mayor Frey, Sam Strong (Red Lake), Steve Horsfeld (Simpson Housing), Mike Goze (AICDC/MUID)

     

    DECEMBER 14

    Outreach efforts begin to move encampment residents to the new Navigation Center

     

    DECEMBER 21

    Last camp residents moved to Navigation Center





     

  • Media Coverage of the

    Franklin Hiawatha Encampment

    Below are links to print, radio and TV coverage of the encampment.

    Links in chronological order; titles are hot-linked to articles.

    Reg Chapman, WCCO TV, September 21, 2018

    Reg Chapman, WCCO TV, September 26, 2018

    Patina Park, The Alley, October, 2018

    Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal, October 11, 2018

    Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal, October 29, 2018

    Ben Gavin, KARE 11, November 13, 2018

    Todd Wilson, KSTP TV, November 15, 2018

    Pioneer Press, November 20, 2018 (via Associated Press)

    Tim Engstrom, Lakeshore Weekly News, November 28, 2018

    Pioneer Press via Associated Press, December 12, 2018

    Cat Whipple, The Circle, January 4, 2019

    Cinnamon Janzer, Next City, February 1, 2019

  • Contact Us

    Because this site is now a source of archived information about the Franklin Hiawatha encampment the email account is checked less often.

    PLEASE NOTE REPLIES CAN TAKE UP TO A WEEK.

    We appreciate your patience.

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  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Below are the answers to questions that were frequently asked while the Franklin Hiawatha encampment was active.

    What is the Franklin Hiawatha encampment?

    This is a gathering of homeless Minneapolis residents, primarily of Native American descent. Some have jobs while some are unemployed. All lack access to shelter or affordable housing due to lack of shelter beds, lack of affordable housing, lack of a job, and other reasons.

    What is a Navigation Center?

    You can learn more about the Navigation Center by visiting this post on the camp blog: "Learn About the Navigation Center"

    Now what's happening? November 23, 2018

    Plans continue to move forward for the creation of a 'Navigation Center' based on city staff research on best practices in other cities.

    The City Council has approved $1.5 million in funding for the temporary Navigation Center, which will be established at 2109 Cedar Ave., a 1.25-acre site adjacent to the Franklin Avenue METRO Blue Line station and close to the existing encampment. The center is scheduled to open in mid - December and be operational until the end of May.

     

    The Navigation Center will be placed on land owned by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. This site is earmarked by Red Lake for construction of affordable housing to begin in the summer of 2019. The process of building the temporary structures has begin. The Navigation Center is scheduled to open in mid-December.

    What about winter, Part 2 (October 25, 2018)

    Due to the proposed mid-December opening date for the new Navigation Center, steps are being taken to protect the residents of the encampment from frostbite and hypothermia. Efforts to keep campers warm and safe are ongoing by MUID and a wide coalition of volunteers and other groups. They include providing sub-zero rated sleeping bags, providing warming tipis, tents and wigwams within the encampment, and providing a large warming tent where meals are served. Long underwear and other winter wear, including coats, hats, mittens, etc. are continually distributed.

    Now what's happening?!? October 17, 2018

    Plans continue to move forward for the creation of a 'Navigation Center' based on city research on best practices in other cities. After offering two potential sites for a Navigation Center that were not ideal - and met with considerable community push back - the Minneapolis City Council deferred a vote on a site. The next day the Red Lake Band of Chippewa offered the use of a parcel of land they own. The land is earmarked for construction of affordable housing with a ground breaking scheduled for next summer. Therefore any Navigation Center constructed there would be temporary. The parcel is conveniently located across Hiawatha from the current encampment. However environmental testing and the demolition of the existing structures must occur before a temporary Navigation Center can be built. As of October 17, 2018, the buildings were still standing. The timeline for the construction of the Navigation Center remains in flux.

    What about winter? Part 1

    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had originally pledged to house the residents of the encampment by September 30th. That deadline has passed. The approximate date for the new, temporary Navigation Center to be ready for occupancy is mid-December. The Red Lake Nation has stepped forward with plans to winterize the encampment at its current location - until residents have found shelter or housing, or are moved to the new Navigation Center. NOTE: The Red Lake Band is no longer leading the effort to winterize the encampment. Efforts to keep campers warm and safe are ongoing by MUID and a wide coalition of volunteers and other groups. They include providing sub-zero rated sleeping bags, providing warming tipis, tents and wigwams within the encampment, and providing a large warming tent where meals are served.

    Who is trying to help the residents find shelter/housing?

    The Red Lake Nation, Hennepin County and many other agencies are trying to help camp residents find winter shelter and/or housing. Red Lake has hired Avivo, a full spectrum housing, chemical and mental health service, to match residents to available shelter. Hennepin County has staff at the encampment Monday through Friday trying to find short, mid and long term solutions that will benefit the residents of the encampment. MN Indian Women's Resource Center also has staff that visit the camp regularly and has helped to house or shelter campers.

    Will going to the encampment increase a persons chances of getting permanent low income housing?

    This is a rumor that has been going around. If you are currently in a shelter please remain there. Residents at the encampment will not be moved ahead of existing waiting lists for shelter or low income housing.

    What are those bright lights at the encampment?

    The lights have been provided for safety reasons.

    Is it safe at the camp?

    Living without shelter can be dangerous in and of itself, and homeless people are a vulnerable population. However the residents of the camp came together because they feel safer - the adage that there is safety in numbers is very true here. The Minneapolis Police patrol regularly and lights have been placed on site to provide some illumination during night-time hours.

  • ABOUT THE NAVIGATION CENTER

    To learn more about the new Minneapolis Navigation Center at the City of Minneapolis website - visit THIS LINK.

    See a list of frequently asked questions about the new Minneapolis Navigation Center below. To learn more about the Navigation Center contact Simpson Housing.

     

    What is the Navigation Center and when will it open?

    The Center is a low barrier 24/7 access shelter designed for people living in the Franklin Hiawatha encampment. It will provide a calm, clean, safe environment with access to intensive support services. The Center opened on December 11, 2018.

     

    Who came up with the idea of the Navigation Center?

    The Navigation Center concept is being used in a variety of cities across the country who are experiencing large numbers of homeless residents. It is often considered an emergency or transitional solution - to house people as they wait for more traditional shelter, GRH or Section 8 housing, or other affordable housing options.

     

    What does ‘low barrier’ mean?

    It means that many of the barriers people face going to traditional shelters are eliminated or minimized. People can come with their pets, partners and (adult) family members, and can opt to sleep near one another. There will be ample storage for personal belongings. There will be a strong harm reduction orientation. The Center will be open 24/7 and will not have a curfew. People do not have to be sober. People who use drugs or alcohol will be welcome and will have access to different kinds of practical supports designed to help them stabilize and reduce the harms associated with substance use. Medication assisted treatment will be available on-site. Violence and highly disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, but other than that there are as few rules as possible. Families with minor children will not be housed at the Navigation Center, but other options are available for those with children.

     

    What are the sleeping areas like?

    The center will have three large heated tents that each have approximately 40 beds. Each bed will have a locking storage locker that fits underneath it. The tents will have a mixture of sleeping cots and gathering spaces with tables and chairs. The guests staying in the Center will have some freedom to design the placement of beds to create a livable and personalized space.

     

    What services will be there?

    The Center will be open 24/7 and have spaces for gathering in large and small groups, meals, showers, and close access to services. Livio, a mobile health care services provider, will be on-site providing health care; Native American Community Clinic will be on-site with a suboxone clinic, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors group and other agencies will have staff on-site on a regular basis and Native healing practitioners will be available. Various other housing and service agencies will also be on-site regularly to serve the Center’s guests. The intention is to provide intensive support to people so they can stabilize, set self-determined goals for the future, and gain access to the kind of long term housing that best serves their needs.

     

    What will happen to the current encampment when the Navigation Center opens?

    Out of concern for the well being of the residents of the encampment, City and State officials have allowed the current camp to remain in place and have provided various supports to minimize public health and safety risks while the Navigation Center is being built. However the intention to close the current encampment once the Center opens has always been clear. How and when the closure will happen is still under consideration, but at some point the current encampment will close.

     

    How does a camp resident learn more about the Navigation Center and sign up for a bed there?

    There will be an information table for the Navigation Center at the Hygiene Service Area (HSA) across Franklin Avenue from the encampment. The information table will be available until Wednesday December 19th. The Navigation Center will be able to shelter 120 individuals and current camp residents are encouraged to visit the HSA tent and learn more.

  • Volunteer Information

    TO VOLUNTEER AT THE NAVIGATION CENTER CONTACT SIMPSON HOUSING:

     

    Interested groups and individuals can sign up for a volunteer orientation at: www.simpsonhousing.volunteerhub.com. 

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