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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Ramsey County opens warming houses for homeless

St. Paul’s Newell Park and the Phalen Lakeside Activities Center, often known as the Phalen boathouse, are now home to Ramsey County’s new nightly warming homes for the homeless.

The Union Gospel Mission on University Avenue has also been approved as a county-run warming center.

Instead of authorities making a nightly judgment call on whether to offer emergency beds at multiple facilities, the objective is to maintain constant places for the homeless until February, according to county spokeswoman Allison Winters.

Each warming house will be available from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., seven days a week, and will provide warm clothing, food, and drinks, as well as van transportation between the downtown Catholic Charities Opportunity Center to the county’s current Safe Space overnight shelter on Kellogg Boulevard.

Between the hours of 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., residents may recommend persons in need of shelter by phoning the county at 651-266-1050 or emailing ColdWeatherReferrals@ramseycounty.us. You may learn more at ramseycounty.us/WarmingSpaces.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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