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Renting rooms for homeless got too expensive, so Hennepin County bought hotels

More than $25 million was spent to buy five motels and hotels and another property


January 30, 2023

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Brionna Mosley turned on a morning meditation in her room at Stevens Square Residence, where's she's lived for about six months.

During the pandemic, Hennepin County created a strategy to keep those experiencing homelessness and those most susceptible to getting COVID-19 safe - rent them hotel rooms.

But the concept was getting expensive and the county decided in late 2020 it would just be cheaper to buy hotels.

More than $25 million was spent to buy five properties, mostly paid for by federal pandemic recovery funding. They are being renovated into hundreds of affordable single-room places to live and will be run by agencies contracted by the county.


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