Local media visits and writes about the Dakota County Crisis Shelter

We are thankful for the media that have come to visit us at the shelter and help spread the word of need.

The Sun ran a story yesterday, here’s an excerpt…

Guests at the temporary shelter at Grace Lutheran ranged in age from infants to senior citizens.

Richard, an adult guest at Grace Lutheran last weekend, said he and a friend had been sleeping in his car in Eagan, and the cold weather combined with his car’s broken heater had made their situation desperate.

On the waiting list at the men’s homeless shelter in Hastings, Richard said he learned about the temporary site at Grace Lutheran through an Eagan police officer.

“This really saved us,” he said. “It has been phenomenal. The food — I’ve eaten more in three days than I have in three weeks. All the volunteers have been so caring.”

Fox News also came out. On their website, you can see their video debunking the misconception of suburban homelessness…

There’s a misconception that the issue only exists in Minneapolis or St. Paul, but data suggests that one-third of Minnesota’s homeless are in our suburbs.

he suburbs of Dakota County are seen as comfortable places to settle down, but even there, hundreds lack a fundamental need — a home.

“What Dakota County has been seeing is an increase of people contacting the county saying, ‘I have nowhere to sleep tonight.’” said Monica Nilsson, an advocate for the homeless.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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