Families waiting for a home find comfort at Provincial House

Sisters of St. Joseph give big lift to Interfaith Action. For the past nine months, families facing homelessness have found shelter and sustenance at the Provincial House of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), 1880 Randolph Ave. Through…

Comments Off on Families waiting for a home find comfort at Provincial House

Social workers would help firefighters respond to needs of homeless

Soaring fire and medical calls and the increasing need to assist homeless people could bring changes to the Saint Paul Fire Department in 2022. A pilot project involving the department and on-call social workers from outside agencies would connect people…

Comments Off on Social workers would help firefighters respond to needs of homeless

New rules open door to homeless day shelters across St. Paul

Months of debate came to an end on November 10 when the Saint Paul City Council unanimously adopted new zoning rules that allow daytime drop-in shelters for homeless people to open in neighborhoods throughout the city. The new rules were…

Comments Off on New rules open door to homeless day shelters across St. Paul

County puts an end to COVID-era hotel stay for homeless seniors

Nearly 100 homeless seniors staying at the Best Western Capitol Ridge Hotel near downtown Saint Paul were notified on October 29 that they will need to move soon. Ramsey County is terminating its contract with the hotel as of November…

Comments Off on County puts an end to COVID-era hotel stay for homeless seniors

City Council sets hearing on homeless zoning regulations

An increase in the number of homeless people in Saint Paul and a dearth of indoor places for them to go during the day is behind an effort to expand the number of day shelters in the city. A set…

Comments Off on City Council sets hearing on homeless zoning regulations

New ordinance would open door to homeless day shelters across city

New zoning regulations that would make it easier for day shelters for homeless people to open in neighborhoods across the city were recommended for approval on August 21 by the Saint Paul Planning Commission.City staff had recommended that the day…

Comments Off on New ordinance would open door to homeless day shelters across city

Saint Paul uses $5.1M in rescue funds for backlog of needs

More than $5.1 million from the federal American Rescue Plan will be spent on a variety of pressing needs in Saint Paul, including increased public safety measures, criminal court prosecutions, and street and crosswalk restriping. The Saint Paul City Council…

Comments Off on Saint Paul uses $5.1M in rescue funds for backlog of needs

Debate continues over proposed zoning for homeless day shelters

Some call for more conditions on places like Freedom House Located in an old fire station at 296 W. Seventh St., Freedom House has become part of Saint Paul's long and complicated effort to help people who lack shelter. Photo…

Comments Off on Debate continues over proposed zoning for homeless day shelters

Letters to the Editor, June 23, 2021

A West End welcome to allUrinating in public, being loud and foul-mouthed, hanging out on the sidewalk and smoking are the types of complaints I’m hearing about the guests of Freedom House. These are the same behaviors we see of…

Comments Off on Letters to the Editor, June 23, 2021

New policy would designate zones for homeless shelters across city

Day shelters that provide a place for people who are homeless to relax, shower, eat and access other services could be allowed in parts of Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland and other Saint Paul neighborhoods if a zoning policy change is approved…

Comments Off on New policy would designate zones for homeless shelters across city