The Navigation Center was an innovative community partnership model built to quickly accommodate safe and dignified temporary shelter for the primarily Native community members who had lived outdoors at the Franklin-Hiawatha encampment in Minneapolis.
Simpson Housing Services was identified as the shelter operator for the Navigation Center. Given Simpson’s decades of experience providing shelter, housing, support, and advocacy to people experiencing homelessness, the agency was recognized as a leader in the field, strongly suited to serve in this role.
The Navigation Center opened its doors on December 11, 2018, providing safe shelter and on-site resources 24 hours per day. The Navigation Center ended operations on June 3, 2019.
Minneapolis Navigation Center Learnings and Outcomes captures the people and relationships that were at the heart of the work. Click here to view the publication.