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Mayor Kim Norton and other state leaders are calling on the legislature to provide 25 million in bonding dollars to preserve and expand homeless shelters across the state. KIMT News 3 discovered the desperate need for a 24/7 permanent shelter in Rochester.

Posted: Jul 3, 2020 10:28 PM
Updated: Jul 4, 2020 3:00 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - 

There are two emergency shelters in Rochester - Dorothy Day and the Rochester Community Warming Center. Both provide 15 beds but the County estimates there are 123 unsheltered people. 

One of those unsheltered is Michael Gates. He spends his days at the Mayo Civic Center Day Center - and spends nights at Dorothy Day Hospitality House. He doesn't mince words when it comes to the hardships of homelessness. 

"What it's like is being scared most of the time, being anxious, being suicidal, I would think anybody that is actually homeless goes through those thoughts," Gates said. 

Alex Hurlebaus is the Director of Social Services for the Landing MN Inc. It's a non-profit that helps people in need. He believes it's humanity's duty to help those most vulnerable. 

"They can't go without that voice, they can't go without somebody standing up for them," Hurlebaus said. "We need that, you take a walk in this city, you see people struggling, you see people with no where to go at night, that doesn't feel acceptable. I feel like we could always be improving if that's what we're seeing."

Hurlebaus has been to big cities around the country - where homelessness has gotten out of hand. 

"What we don't want is to become that," Hurlebaus said. "We want to help people while it's still a manageable situation, while it's still something we can do."

Hurlebaus is of the belief that giving shelter to someone in need isn't just the charitable thing to do - it's the right thing to do. 

"We could be doing more, if anybody is going without a place to sleep at night, we could be doing more," Hurlebaus said. 

Gates hopes people have compassion for the homeless. 

"Everybody says they are homeless because they want to be. I've never met anybody who was homeless because they wanted to be," Gates said. 

Olmsted County did open two new spaces - a 12-unit facility and a 15-unit facility. They serve as transitional housing for people in need. 

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 135372

Reported Deaths: 2406
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Ramsey14168361
Dakota9897138
Anoka8872150
Washington598672
Stearns588344
Scott342934
Olmsted327730
St. Louis302669
Wright254115
Clay232843
Nobles227616
Blue Earth20457
Carver18207
Sherburne171122
Kandiyohi17055
Rice164810
Mower152917
Winona126019
Chisago10402
Crow Wing103522
Lyon9766
Benton9509
Waseca9299
Beltrami9017
Otter Tail8737
Todd8266
Steele7613
Morrison7429
Nicollet73917
Itasca73617
Douglas7083
Freeborn6844
Polk6734
Le Sueur6315
Martin61317
McLeod6024
Goodhue59711
Watonwan5794
Becker5754
Isanti5615
Pine5490
Carlton4441
Chippewa4443
Mille Lacs41315
Hubbard3962
Dodge3940
Wabasha3840
Cass3775
Pipestone35117
Rock3404
Meeker3313
Brown3243
Unassigned29253
Yellow Medicine2856
Murray2833
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Redwood28111
Roseau2650
Fillmore2640
Renville25611
Sibley2543
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Faribault2350
Jackson2151
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Swift2071
Houston2061
Pennington1951
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Stevens1841
Aitkin1792
Koochiching1704
Pope1610
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Wilkin1374
Marshall1261
Lake1230
Norman1170
Mahnomen1162
Clearwater1140
Grant994
Red Lake782
Traverse570
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Kittson420
Cook170

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Confirmed Cases: 116514

Reported Deaths: 1643
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Woodbury724797
Johnson586230
Black Hawk562698
Linn5591132
Dubuque521157
Scott456639
Story401018
Dallas346344
Pottawattamie324744
Sioux244716
Buena Vista226112
Marshall202036
Webster184415
Plymouth166728
Wapello153062
Clinton149226
Muscatine147758
Des Moines139610
Cerro Gordo137726
Crawford136114
Warren12617
Carroll115612
Jasper111234
Henry10675
Marion101810
Lee95610
Tama94837
Delaware78013
Dickinson7417
Wright7271
Boone7239
Mahaska69724
Bremer6779
Washington66211
Harrison65815
Jackson6333
Benton5902
Lyon5537
Clay5354
Louisa52315
Winnebago49719
Hardin4777
Winneshiek4779
Hamilton4754
Cedar4746
Kossuth4690
Poweshiek45911
Buchanan4544
Jones4474
Floyd43711
Emmet43019
Clayton4233
Iowa4109
Page4060
Mills4053
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Sac3994
Guthrie39515
Cass3903
Butler3832
Fayette3814
Franklin38118
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Clarke3523
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Osceola2851
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Taylor2432
Jefferson2391
Union2314
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