Designed with a strong, welcoming cultural influence, the new supportive housing program will provide onsite, culturally responsive services for young Native people who have been in crisis and/or homeless in downtown St. Paul. The program provides a resource for Native youth to have case management, behavioral, medical, dental health and access to responsive teams that are grounded in their Native identity. Through cross partnership with ADYC and PPL, the building is being constructed with 80% funded by MHFA.
With a focus specifically on healing, there is a cultural activities center, medicine garden, and sweat lodge. Each floor is designed with the eagle, buffalo or other teaching animal in mind. There are computer and job training rooms — and spaces where residents can make drums and native clothing.