The City of Minneapolis approaches homeless encampments with the belief that:
- Everyone experiencing unsheltered homelessness is vulnerable and deserving of being treated with dignity and respect.
- The City must work with community partners to connect people experiencing homelessness to housing, shelter and services.
- Encampments represent a serious health and safety risk, particularly for those staying within the encampment.
The City is currently monitoring several encampments throughout the city, providing outreach and hygiene and trash collection support. The City Homeless Response Coordinator team and contracted street outreach teams visit encampments weekly to offer services and shelter. The City responds to encampments on City-owned property and is asked to assist with encampment closures on private property. There are also, at times, encampments on property owned by other jurisdictions, including the State, MPRB, and Hennepin County.
The decision to close an encampment on City-owned property is a City enterprise decision made with input from community partners and multiple City departments, including Health, Public Safety, Fire, Public Works and others. Decisions include an analysis of public health and safety risks, and take into account the time and resources needed for a closure.
The City does not currently have a timeline of specific closure dates for each encampment.
Residents should call 311 to ensure that the City Homeless outreach teams are connecting with the encampment and connecting residents to available services.