St. Stephen's expanding street outreach efforts to help the homeless

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March 28, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

St. Stephen's is expanding its street outreach work to help the city's homeless.

Beginning April 1, outreach workers will be helping people on the streets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday–Friday.

As the weather warms, more homeless people will be on the streets. The closing of two temporary winter shelters will also result in an increase in people living outdoors, according to a news release from St. Stephen's.

St. Stephen's street outreach workers help connect homeless people to resources and housing programs.

While there has been an increase in the overall level of homeless in the city, street outreach workers have been effective in reducing homelessness among veterans and people experiencing long-term homelessness.

The expansion in street outreach has been funded by the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District.