After 20+ years working with homeless adults and youth, people often ask me where the biggest homeless camps in the Twin Cities are. My response? The Mall of America and Metro Transit stations and lines. There are far more people sheltering in these 2 locations than under any bridge or in any boarded building.
Monday morning, 120 shelter beds closed in Minneapolis because they were only funded to be open in the colder months. By Monday afternoon, 93 women and men had been turned away-asking for shelter at the intake site.
Let’s take a trip overnight and learn where our fellow Twin Cities residents are seeking safety, warmth and rest while most are in the comfort of a bed.