About the Project

Aerial view of the campus

Higher Ground Saint Paul (Phase 1 of Dorothy Day Place) opened in January 2017, offering 473 people experiencing homelessness permanent homes, dignified shelter, and a pathway out of poverty. Milestones to date include:

  • All of the 193 housing units have been filled.
  • There has been continued high demand for 280 beds in the emergency shelter and pay-for-stay areas of the building.
  • 30 people from Ramsey County’s “Top 100″ list of top 100 users of shelter have moved into units in Higher Ground Saint Paul. One of the new residents from this list had been homeless for nearly 30 years and now has a home of his own.
  • 12 of the apartment units have been filled by veterans.

The Higher Ground building also offers medical respite beds for men and women who are experiencing homelessness and are recovering from hospitalization; specialized housing and assistance for women suffering from late-stage alcoholism; and Pay-for-Stay beds for men, which is held in savings for clients and can be used for a first month’s rent or down payment on permanent housing.

Phase 2 – Saint Paul Opportunity Center and Dorothy Day Residence: The second phase consists of a six-floor, 50,000-square-foot building to be built on the site of the current Dorothy Day Center. The building will include the Saint Paul Opportunity Center, an integrated, one-stop location connecting people to critical services to improve their health, income, housing stability, and well-being. Services will be provided by a variety of community partner organizations, including Catholic Charities, Ramsey County, the Veterans Administration, and health care providers. The building will also include the Dorothy Day Residence, 177 permanent housing units above the Opportunity Center. Catholic Charities hopes to complete construction on the Saint Paul Opportunity Center in early 2019.