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HIGHER GROUND SAINT PAUL
St. Paul, Minnesota

Part of a larger campus of supportive housing, Higher Ground Saint Paul seeks to address long-term homelessness through a progressive combination of overnight shelter and permanent supportive housing in one building. The first floor includes and overnight shelter with 170-bunks for men and 60 bunks for women; the second floor includes an 48-bed “Pay for Stay” shelter where clients pre-pay for their stay up to a week in advance. This floor is differentiated from the first floor shelter with the increased privacy in the sleeping area, secure storage lockers, client lounge and computer lab. For clients who are ready for more permanent housing, 193 SRO units are available on the first through fifth floors. Independence increases as the building rises from shelter to supportive to independent housing, transitioning from temporary to permanent, increasing stability and independence. The building is ultra-durable on the lower floors and becomes increasingly domestic as residents move from shelter to home. Support services abound, including meal service, medical suite, computer lab, commercial laundry, and “hot-box” for bed bug abatement on the shelter floors; resident kitchens, lounges, computer lab, laundry and office space on the upper housing floors.

CONSTRUCTION COST
Approximately $30,000,000

TEAM
OWNER: Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Watson-Forsberg  

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