May 05, 2014 Sara Thatcher
Dorothy Day Center ReVision project included in Senate Capital Investment BillThe Senate Capital Investment Committee released its proposal today to fund capital projects in Minnesota, including $80 million for affordable housing needs across the state and $15 million specifically for the emergency shelter and connection center portions of Dorothy Day Center ReVision project. In response to the Senate Capital Investment Committee’s inclusion of the ReVision project in its bonding recommendations, Catholic Charities CEO Tim Marx released the following statement: “This winter has been harsh and unforgiving for those in Minnesota who have no place to call home. We’re grateful to Chair Stumpf and the entire Senate Capital Investment Committee for recognizing the urgent need to fund affordable housing across the state, including the Dorothy Day Center ReVision project. We also want to recognize the efforts of Sen. Sandy Pappas, chief author of the ReVision legislation, for her tireless effort and support. We know that the best solution to homelessness is a home. The investments Minnesota makes to provide safe, affordable places for people to live are among the most valuable investments we can make as a state. We look forward to working with legislators and Governor Dayton to advance a new vision for the Dorothy Day Center that will bring long-term solutions, stable homes, and brighter futures for all.” Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center in Saint Paul has reached a breaking point and can no longer serve the most vulnerable effectively and with dignity. The ReVision project calls for three innovative, specially designed buildings that will provide dignified shelter, permanent housing and pathways out of poverty. The plan was developed by a community Task Force convened by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and co-chaired by Matt Kramer of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and Carleen Rhodes of The Saint Paul Foundation. The ReVision proposal represents permanent, long-term solutions to homelessness. For more information about the Dorothy Day Center ReVision, visit www.dorothydaycampaign.org.