Project Home can open a shelter for around 20 families at the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet’s old Provincial House at 1880 Randolph Ave. following Saint Paul Planning Commission approval of a conditional use permit on March 5. The facility, which will be leased by Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, will be used to help families transition from homelessness to permanent housing.

Families have begun moving into the shelter this week. Those staying there will have to follow several rules. Visitors will not be allowed and the facility will not function with any kind of drop-in services.

The permit request enjoyed widespread support, including from the Highland and Macalester-Groveland community councils, faith-based groups and Project Home volunteers. More than 80 pages of public comments were received by the city.

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A few neighbors did contact the Planning Commission with concerns, including whether the shelter belonged in the middle of a largely residential neighborhood, what the transit options will be for residents and the shelter’s potentially negative impact on property values.

The Provincial House has been owned and operated by the Sisters of Saint Joseph for about a century, but has sat largely unused since the sisters moved into the adjacent Carondelet Village senior housing facility several years ago.

— Jane McClure

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