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Homeless evicted from former Minneapolis hotel after drug overdose


Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

Keke Caston used a shopping cart to evacuate from the Sheraton shelter off Lake Street Tuesday. "We have nowhere to go," she said. "We're going to have to sleep in a tent." ]

A report of a drug overdose led to the eviction Tuesday of more than 200 homeless people from a hotel in south Minneapolis that had become a refuge during protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd's killing in police custody.

Residents of the former Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel, tucked just north of Lake Street on Chicago Avenue, awoke to reports that the hotel's fire alarm was pulled after 6 a.m. following an overdose. The hotel owner, Jay Patel, has ordered the eviction of all the guests, according to volunteers at the site.

The sudden eviction marks the second time in two weeks that large numbers of homeless people have been forced to vacate a temporary site, and could hamper efforts by a team of volunteers to find them more permanent housing.


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