Shelter where Drake Hotel residents are housed closes Jan. 22

More than 200 displaced by Christmas Day fire

WCCO Radio Newsroom
January 10, 2020 - 5:43 am
Entrance of Drake Hotel



The Red Cross shelter for the people displaced by the Francis Drake Hotel fire will be closing in less than two weeks.  

The shelter, which has been housed at the First Covenant Church, is scheduled to shut down January 22nd.  

After the shelter closes, residents of the Drake will be helped by $250,000 in grant money from Pillsbury United Communites to help them find permanent housing.  

First Covenant senior pastor Dan Collison is still concerned.

"There have been dozens of conversations where (the) leading fear is they'll be left behind," Collison said, his voice quivering with emotion. "Left behind as the news cycle moves on, as the shelter does close in a few weeks."

Some who lived in the Drake say they're not getting the assitance they need to find a permanent place to stay.

The fire in the 1920's-era building in downtown Minneapolis happened Christmas morning, and more than 200 residents lost everything.  

The building was damaged beyond repair and has been torn down after city officials determined the remains of the hotel posed a safety hazard.

Investigators have pinpointed where the fire started, but it's still not know what sparked the flames.

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