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THE LANDING MN

A former Rochester pawn shop will be converted into a facility to help people struggling with homelessness.
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First-year of elective street medicine program wraps up with plans to continue building on student-led effort hosted by Zumbro Valley Medical Society.
In the first 23 days of January, The Landing MN's day center has had 239 people come through its doors at the city-owned Silver Lake Station seeking services. Of those 239 people, 197 self-identified as homeless, according to Dan Fifield, founder of The Landing MN.
The Landing, which has the noble task of serving the homeless, needs to find its own new home. Its current location at 702 West Silver Lake Drive NE apparently will no longer be an option after April 2022. The City of Rochester, after spending $875,000 to renovate and support that location, is asking the Landing to find a new location. The former Whiskey Bones site is being considered as an option.

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David Van Eijl, who also owns Texteijl printing in Elgin, is opening a retail store related to his printing business under the name of Hope Central in Suite 101 of the small Rochester commercial building at 415 S. Broadway. The concept is that the shop will sell shirts, hats, sweatshirts and more for area nonprofits, like the Community Engagement Response Team and The Landing.
The public will be able to vote from Aug. 18 to Aug. 27, choosing the top 40 organizations out of the 200 to win a $25,000 grant.
Lease allows city-owned building to be used as day center for people experiencing homelessness through April.
The Landing MN sees support for eight added months of use of Silver Lake Station
City council slated to respond to request to extend agreement with The Landing MN
Discussion of collaboration and lead roles continue to provide challenges for city and county response to needs of people without shelter.

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The pandemic provided an unexpected opportunity for nonprofits to fundamentally reshape their models, upgrade their physical spaces and add new programs. Now, with donations waning, service organizations are attempting to pivot to more sustainable strategies while shouldering increased need from the communities they serve.
Rochester council will discuss future of agreement, along with other options, at its Aug. 2 meeting.
Agreement with city calls for shutting doors on day center for people facing homelessness at the end of August.

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