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Residents of Minneapolis homeless camp begin move to transitional shelter


April 22, 2019

David Joles – Star Tribune

Resident James Loerzel, 59, center, rear, who has lived at the camp for about three months, is interviewed by a journalist while members of Natives Against Heroin move his belongings for the move to the new navigation center site. Loerzel said he was looking forward to the move, especially being in a heated place.

With hugs, laughter and a few tears, nearly a dozen people who have been living at a south Minneapolis homeless encampment for weeks and even months finally moved out of the cold on Tuesday and into a temporary shelter sponsored by the Red Lake Nation and city officials.

Their peaceful transition from a compound of tattered, snow-covered tents - crowded together on a narrow strip of mud and pavement along a busy highway - marked a pivotal moment in a massive, monthslong campaign to bring social services to a hard-to-reach population of people, including many who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems.


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