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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester’s efforts to provide services and shelter for the homeless have received a big boost.

The Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Friday announced it has been awarded a $1.1 million COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Nick Ryan
Nick Ryan

This grant comes at a critical time for our community,” said Olmsted County Housing Director Dave Dunn. “Many in Olmsted County have experienced economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is the OCHRA working diligently to help keep people in their homes during the pandemic, but we are committed to finding safe, warm places for homeless individuals and families to sleep. This grant will help us continue that work.”


HRA says the funds “will fully fund operations and staffing from January 2021 through January 2022 at both the Rochester Community Warming Center and The Creek, a short-term shelter in Rochester for people experiencing homelessness.”

“These continued operations will allow Catholic Charities and Olmsted County to continue providing services to some of our most vulnerable residents as we continue to address the economic and public health concerns brought on by COVID-19,” noted RCWC Manager Cathy Hunsaker.

The warming center has provided emergency shelter to more than 250 people since last March. HRA says it was scheduled to close at the end of March this year.


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