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Hundreds of homeless move to area hotels in race to prevent coronavirus from spreading in shelters


After moving out of the Higher Ground homeless shelter in Minneapolis Douglas Pyle, 49, reacts to seeing his hotel room for the first time Friday, May 1, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN. He is among more than 400 homeless people in Hennepin County who have been relocated to area hotels since the pandemic began. Pyle grew up in Indiana, spent a number of years in Florida and Madison, WI, before coming to Minneapolis 13 years ago and becoming homeless two years ago. Pyle said he hasn't slept in a bed for a long time.] DAVID JOLES • In an unprecedented effort, Hennepin County has moved nearly 400 homeless people to hotel rooms since the pandemic began. The county recently approved another $1 million for this effort, which comes as a coalition of county and nonprofit leaders join forces to prevent the sort of large-scale outbreaks that have devastated homeless shelters in other states. We follow one older man with underlying health problems as he moves out of the Higher Ground shelter in Minneapolis and into a hotel room.**Douglas Pyle,cq

The evening light was still pouring through the windows of his Minneapolis hotel room when an exhausted Douglas Pyle collapsed on the bed and fell into a 14-hour slumber.

It was the first time in 18 months that Pyle, 49, who is homeless, slept in a bed in a private room with a locked door, and without fear that someone would roust him at night or steal his few belongings.


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