Future location for Exodus Residence means 203 permanent homes
We recently shared the exciting news that our current Exodus Residence will be relocated to the former Augustana Care Center in the Elliot Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis. In the midst of a statewide housing and homelessness crisis, the new Exodus will provide urgently needed permanent homes to 203 people who need housing stability, many of whom are older and medically frail, including many veterans.
WHAT IS EXODUS?
Since 1995, Catholic Charities has operated the current Exodus Residence next door to St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis. The current Exodus provides 95 temporary (up to 24 months) homes to veterans, people with complex medical conditions and people who have previously experienced homelessness.
We also operate 10 medical respite beds, a partnership with Hennepin Healthcare, to provide short-term residential care for people who are experiencing homelessness and recovering from an illness or injury. The medical respite program allows us to help those in need recover, while finding them a stable place to stay and saving the hospital system millions of dollars.
The future location of Exodus Residence will be an apartment building providing homes and respite care to 203 people who need housing stability, many of whom are older and medically frail, including many veterans. We look forward to being a neighbor with the Augustana Senior Apartments next door and exploring continued opportunities to collaborate with the residents and staff.
HOW HAS THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEEN INVOLVED?
We believe in transparency and working with communities in which we offer housing, programs and services. Catholic Charities has been active in the Elliot Park Community during the process, working with representatives of Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI), the East Town Business Partnership and other neighborhood stakeholders including Bethlehem Baptist Church, Hennepin Health and Augustana Apartments. We look forward to increased presence and involvement in the Elliot Park community and are exploring other opportunities to contribute to neighborhood vitality.
WILL PEOPLE LIVE AT EXODUS?
Yes. The new Exodus residence provides safe, stable, permanent homes to 203 people who have previously experienced homelessness, veterans and those with complex medical needs. Unlike an emergency shelter, residents at Exodus sign a lease with all the rights and responsibilities of a market-rate lease. We look forward to being a neighbor with the Augustana Senior Apartments next door and exploring continued opportunities to collaborate with the residents and staff. There will be shorter term respite opportunities for 30 people being released from the hospital and need additional time until a more stable situation can be found for them. These homes and respite care are critically needed in our community.
WHY ELLIOT PARK?
Elliot Park is a diverse, growing, and vibrant Minneapolis neighborhood near downtown. It provides convenient access to bike lanes and public transit routes and offers easy access to services such as health care and Catholic Charities’ Mary F. Frey Opportunity Center. With academic, faith, healthcare and business institutions nearby, the Elliot Park neighborhood provides residents at Exodus the ability to put down roots, find stability and pursue new opportunities.
As older adults look for more home-like settings, skilled nursing communities like Augustana Health Care Center are experiencing a decline in demand nationwide. Locally, many nursing homes are operating below capacity. Rather than leave the future of a critical building in Elliot Park uncertain, Cassia and Catholic Charities found a solution where an adaptive reuse preserves the social purpose of the building and allows the opportunity to offer more resources to support low-income adults in downtown Minneapolis while adding to the neighborhood’s vitality.
WHEN WILL RENOVATIONS BE COMPLETE?
We anticipate the renovations to be complete sometime in 2022.
WHAT ELSE WILL BE LOCATED IN THE BUILDING?
Hennepin Healthcare will operate a storefront clinic for people experiencing housing instability to access medical care. We are also exploring other opportunities to contribute to neighborhood vitality and welcome suggestions from residents and neighbors.
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