Citing safety, St. Paul will clear I-35E homeless encampment
August 20, 2020
St. Paul and Ramsey County officials are planning to clear a homeless encampment near the intersection of Kellogg Boulevard and Interstate 35E, saying it's not safe for the people living there.
The encampment, located on the Minnesota History Center property and at the bottom of Cathedral Hill, has been cleared previously but is currently home to about 70 people. Though the city provides services to some other encampments, Deputy Mayor Jaime Tincher said in an interview Wednesday that this particular location at a busy intersection isn't safe and is interfering with nearby services at Catholic Charities and the Dorothy Day Center.
"There are locations that we do think are better-suited geographically and with the risk factors," Tincher said, "but we need to be able to be really clear that that location is not one that the city of St. Paul can support individuals camping."