The Blue line from the Mall of America has shut down for a couple of hours-their answer to addressing the homeless problem in their transit center. So, this roving group of homeless folks plans it right, 40 minutes of sleep from Target Field in Minneapolis to the Mall of America in Bloomington or Union Depot in St. Paul. One has to let go of darkness but the trade off is a presumed sense of safety in the light.
Twin cities shelters are full, as they are in Anoka and Dakota counties. No shelter exists for men, women or youth in Washington, Scott or Carver counties.
Everyone is vulnerable, the 18 year old and the 78 year old. We need to prioritize siting and funding more shelter in the 7 county metro area immediately. The Mall of America and light rail are mighty expensive homeless shelters.