Dorothy Day Center expansion underway

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
With the Cathedral of St. Paul in the background, demolition of an office building begins to make room for phase one of the expansion of the Dorothy Day Center, to include better emergency shelter and housing. (Photo courtesy Catholic Charities.)

With the Cathedral of St. Paul in the background, demolition of an office building begins to make room for phase one of the expansion of the Dorothy Day Center, to include better emergency shelter and housing. Photo courtesy Catholic Charities.

A building that once housed union offices at Fifth and Main Streets in downtown St. Paul came down Aug. 17 to make way for the Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center to provide better shelter and housing for those in need.

The planned five-story Higher Ground St. Paul will accommodate 278 men and women in what Catholic Charities referred to as “dignified emergency shelter” — on bunk beds instead of mats on the floor, the current arrangements for those who are experiencing homelessness.

Artist's depiction of planned emergency shelter and housing addition to Catholic Charities' Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul.

Artist’s depiction of planned emergency shelter and housing addition to Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul.

The L-shaped building will also have additional housing options for nearly 200 people who are moving toward independent living.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

The shelter is phase one of a two-building campus. Phase two is a planned connection center plus an additional four stories of housing.

The connection center, according to a Catholic Charities press release, will be “an integrated one-stop location connection people to critical service to improve their health, income, housing stability and well-being.”

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