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Higher Ground & Dorothy Day Place

Project Name

Higher Ground & Dorothy Day Place


St. Paul, Minnesota

Architect of Record

Cermak Rhoades Architects

Project Size

Higher Ground St. Paul Complex: 111,000 square feet (opened in 2017; Dorothy Day Residence & Opportunity Center: 169,000 square feet (opened in 2019); buildings are connected by an over-street skyway

Of Note

  • Owner: Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • An integrated two-building campus designed to prevent and end homelessness by focusing on three components: dignified shelter, permanent homes and dedicated services creates pathways to opportunities. The campus provides services each day to more than 1,000 people.
  • Higher Ground St. Paul: each night offers more than 500 people experiencing homelessness permanent homes, dignified shelter and pathways to opportunities.
  • Dorothy Day Residence & Opportunity Center: provides 177 units of housing and resources for those at risk of becoming homeless or those working to move out of homelessness.
  • Minnesota B3 project with SB2030 energy performance



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