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Continued: St. Anthony: This architect knows all about homelessness

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 15, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Knowland said there are a lot of “angry homeless” people out there with mental health issues. Others have just lost their way and need help.

He’s working with the Downtown Council on its plan to end homelessness. Know­land said he’d like to help design low-cost, studio-apartment housing and renovate abandoned buildings for affordable housing.

Homelessness is a business and a human problem, as the Downtown Council has concluded. Homeless folks hanging around without adequate shelter are a threat to themselves and to public safety. Once housed, they tend to get healthier and take care of themselves. That leads to fewer police and medical-emergency calls. Some become employed.

That’s good for them and the economy. More information can be found at www.heading homeminnesota.org.

 

Neal St. Anthony • 612-673-7144 • nstanthony@startribune.com

 

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  • John Knowland was a successful Minneapolis architect until he became addicted to drugs, lost his job and family several years ago and went homeless. Now he has a part-time job and lives in an apartment in Minneapolis.

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