The Sanctuary Movement Is Demanding the Right to Housing

Davida Erdahl

On June 17, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board passed a resolution designating Minneapolis parks as sanctuaries for individuals at present going through homelessness, in reaction to a homeless encampment that sprung in Powderhorn Park.

The Board voted six-2 to approve the resolution. It acknowledges the sanctuaries as an impermanent alternative to homelessness, and states the board will perform with government and non-earnings agencies to offer sources for the encampment and assist locate extended-phrase housing for the sanctuary citizens. The Minnesota Office of Health will also offer general public wellness assist.

Constituents submitted about 860 general public responses relating to the encampment in the days ahead of the assembly, and Commissioner Londel French applauded citizens and organizers for their perform, saying they “have performed a large task of keeping that position safe.”

The resolution arrives after a months-extended activist effort and hard work, that is been dubbed the Minneapolis Sanctuary

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