Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: RES PH 19-27    Version: 1 Name: Emergency Short Term Lodging Gift
Type: Resolution-Public Hearing Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 2/6/2019
Title: Accepting the gift of $2,000 from the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation and $2,000 from the Saint Paul Fire Foundation, and amending the Department of Safety Inspections budget to provide emergency lodging to certain individuals until other resources can be identified.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Ward: Ward - all
Attachments: 1. Financial Analysis
Title
Accepting the gift of $2,000 from the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation and $2,000 from the Saint Paul Fire Foundation, and amending the Department of Safety Inspections budget to provide emergency lodging to certain individuals until other resources can be identified.

Body
WHEREAS, the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) has a Fire Certificate of Occupancy Program which inspects residential rental properties for compliance with relevant safety codes; and

WHEREAS, as part of the Fire Certificate of Occupancy Program, DSI responds to complaints from tenants whose heat has stopped working; and

WHEREAS, DSI responded to 210 complaints of no heat in 2018 and has responded to 30 complaints of no heat to date in 2019; and

WHEREAS, extreme cold and a lack of heat can put families and individuals in extremely dire situations, DSI and the Saint Paul Fire Department (SPFD) are forced to vacate properties with no heat for the safety of the residents; and

WHEREAS, when vacating a residence due to no operable heating system, DSI, with the assistance of the SPFD, attempt to locate a qualified contractor to perform emergency repairs, and if no contractor is available, DSI and SPFD attempt to locate a safe place including family, friends, or the Ramsey County Shelter Team to house the individuals; and

WHEREAS, occasionally SPFD and DSI are unable to identify a safe place for individuals to go; and

WHEREAS, the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation and Saint Paul Fire Foundation have graciously offered to pay $2,000 each for emergency lodging assistance in a reasonable hotel or motel to individuals as described above; and

WHEREAS, such assistance would only be provided until such time that the Ramsey County Shelter Team can house the individuals; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Saint Paul finds that there is a public purpose in providing this assistance; and

WHREAS, the Mayor, pursuant to Section 10.07.1 of the Charter of the City...

Click here for full text
Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
No records to display.