Olmsted county receives $1.1 million grant to help house the homeless

Devin Martin
Updated: January 08, 2021 10:24 PM
Created: January 08, 2021 08:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) - 2020 was a rough year for many of us. But now that it's 2021, many people are holding out hope for what the future can bring. 

On Friday, Olmsted county leaders announced they'll receive a grant for over one million dollars to help house the homeless. 

The housing director for Olmsted county says the grant comes at a critical time for the community and that without it the Rochester Community Warming Center that's helping hundreds in our area, would have to close its doors in March.

“These are human beings. They’re no different than you and I and they have needs and opportunities like the rest of us. So I think for us, we're able to collectively with our partners work together in meeting the needs of the population. Whether that be the shelter needs or whether that be the access to services needs,” Dave Dunn, Olmsted county housing director said.

The grant money will also be used to fund the Creek, a short-term shelter in Rochester for those experiencing homelessness.

“This really buys us some time to continue to look at, what are some of the things we need to continue to do system-wide and in the community to get more housing,” Dunn said. “At the end of the day, housing is what you need to eliminate homelessness and that takes time, effort, and energy."


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