University Inn Isolation and Quarantine Shelter

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Project overview

Due to COVID-19, there is a vital need for protective and isolation shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness. Hennepin County’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority is purchasing the University Inn motel to continue providing temporary isolation shelter to people awaiting COVID- 19 test results or recovering from the illness.

About the building

The motel, located at 925 SE 4th Street in Minneapolis, has 44 units.

Eligible residents

The hotel will continue to provide short-term shelter for people experiencing homelessness who have suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, until they receive a negative test result, or have quarantined for the period recommended by medical professionals.

Building management

The county plans to work with current property management to operate the site and will continue its contract with Catholic charities to provide resident support and services, as well as maintain clear communication with the neighborhood. There will be a resident code of conduct. Hennepin County will continue to provide 24-hour onsite security services.


• March 2020: Hennepin County began providing isolation and quarantine housing at this location.

• December 21, 2020: The county purchased this property.

Next steps

When this site is no longer required for pandemic response, Hennepin County will engage the local community and other stakeholders as it develops options for the future.


Hennepin County commissioners Angela Conley and Marion Greene and Hennepin County staff are committed to providing continued updates on this program. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact:

Commissioner Angela Conley—District 4

Binta Kanteh
Policy director | 
651-239-5376 | [email protected]