On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 2020-253, which allows those currently experiencing homelessness to seek refuge on Minneapolis parkland. The resolution also requests assistance from other federal, state and local agencies to seek a permanent housing solution for the homeless population.
“Homelessness in Minnesota is a crisis.” said Park Board President Jono Cowgill. “We realize that this is not a permanent solution, so we are asking the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and State of Minnesota to step up and find a sustainable, dignified housing solution for folks who are experiencing homelessness right now. In the meantime, we are not going to push people out of public spaces when they have nowhere else to go.”
The resolution and the list of community partners currently working toward a sustainable, long-term housing solution is linked below.