In October, November, and December 2021, the Red Wing community held a series of meetings to develop a plan to address homelessness and housing instability.
The meetings, hosted by the City of Red Wing and United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha, and Pierce Counties, were facilitated by Ali Niemi of North Star Policy Consulting. Niemi says increasing support for affordable housing is one big part needed to address the problem.
Niemi says developing 15 new permanent housing units in Red Wing to address people with no place to live is another key goal.
Niemi says community members and stakeholders will continue to work together to develop one comprehensive plan to address emergency shelter needs in Red Wing.
Other strategies include developing a single point of contact model for housing advocacy, increase funding for homeless prevention payments and services, establish a Tenant/ Landlord connection program, and maintain a real-time, by-name list of people experiencing homelessness in Red Wing modeled after the “Built for Zero” initiative.
Niemi presented the final plan to City Council on January 10 and it was approved as part of the consent agenda on January 24.