Downtown Fargo homeless center opens

FARGO — Fargo Cass Public Health has announced that its Homeless Engagement Center in downtown Fargo that will provide emergency isolation and quarantine shelter for single homeless men and women opened Monday, Nov. 9.

"Creation of the quarantine and isolation center is a critical part our local COVID response because we are now able to provide a safe environment for impacted individuals who don't have anywhere else to complete isolation or quarantine," said Jan Eliassen, who direct the health agency's harm reduction unit that will operate the center in the former downtown police station.

The center at 222 Fourth St. N. will also house the harm reduction unit's mobile outreach program that provides alternative transportation, assistance to individuals experiencing crises involving substance use and other outreach services.

Admittance and referrals to the quarantine unit will be coordinated among the region's current providers for unsheltered individuals.

In the future, the Engagement Center will provide other programs and resources for the homeless including health and housing services or referrals.

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