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'Tiny house' indoor village for the homeless opens March 8 in Minneapolis

"Tiny house" indoor village opens in March for 100 homeless Minnesotans


February 23, 2021


Minneapolis fire inspectors tested alarms as they made their way through Avivo Village. Final preparations were in the works for a March 8 opening.

Scores of homeless Minnesotans used to sleeping in cars, on couches or in tents will have a new safe place to stay this spring.

Minneapolis nonprofit Avivo is opening an indoor "village" with "tiny houses" in March, providing a COVID-safe and secure place for 100 adults. The two-year pilot program, called Avivo Village, could become a post-pandemic template for private emergency shelters in place of the usual congregate sleeping spaces.

"We're hoping this is a model that will bring more people indoors," said Emily Bastian, Avivo's vice president of chemical and mental health. "I think something like this can be replicated."


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