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Minneapolis tent encampment gets reprieve after residents, volunteers organize


Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

From left, Seneca Morris, Jennia Dumont and Mandla Xaba talked with each other as they started their day inside a dwelling they built at the Near North encampment. The three stayed warm with a propane space heater and walls lined with space blankets.

Homeless encampments have popped up and come down repeatedly in the last nine months at sites around the Twin Cities. But at the Near North encampment in Minneapolis, a strong community bond and help from neighborhood volunteers may lead to something more lasting.

With the city delaying its eviction notice indefinitely, organizers at the encampment think they're on a path to permanent housing for all its residents.

"The aim is to have enough time and access to resources to purchase a building that the residents here can have a hand in creating," said Mandla Xaba, a resident of the Near North encampment.


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