Homes for All endorser Avivo, in partnership with Red Lake Nation, recently announced that it has housed 103 individuals from the Wall of Forgotten Natives Minneapolis homeless encampment/Navigation Center in less than six months. Joining forces with the ambitious goal of housing 100 people in less than six months, Avivo and Red Lake surpassed their goal in less time than they had anticipated. This is a phenomenal achievement!
Red Lake and Avivo teamed up in November 2018 when Red Lake’s Tribal Council was looking for a solution to the growing crisis of homeless Native people living in the Franklin/Hiawatha encampment in Minneapolis, known by residents as the Wall of Forgotten Natives. Tribal Secretary Sam Strong explained that Red Lake was impressed with the outreach work Avivo had been doing among the people living in the encampment. “They were always there, addressing personal needs and providing supplies requested by the community. They were offering connections to housing, chemical and mental health services, and supportive services,” said Strong.
Within three months of partnering, Avivo and Red Lake had already housed 78 individuals from the Wall of Forgotten Natives or the subsequent Navigation Center established by the City of Minneapolis to accommodate encampment residents. On March 22, Avivo and Red Lake announced they had exceeded their original goal, having located housing for 103 people.
In recognition of this achievement, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will be issuing a proclamation declaring “Red Lake Nation and Avivo Ending Homelessness Day in Minneapolis” for a date still to be determined. To learn more about the Wall of Forgotten Natives and the Red Lake-Avivo partnership, watch the video here.