Red Pine Estates
Bemidji, MN - On June 30th, 2023, residents of the Red Pine Estates apartment complex on Ridgeway Avenue in Bemidji were notified they needed to vacate their residences due to structural concerns with the building that were identified following a building inspection. The City of Bemidji immediately began planning efforts to ensure the safety of the residents. The order to vacate by July 6th was at a challenging time due to the holiday weekend and the lack of available housing options. While the City and County explored options to support the residents, volunteers initiated a herculean effort to assist in relocating tenants and their property. The generosity of the community, combined with efforts of the City and County, ensured all the residents were safely sheltered when the doors were closed.
Since July 6th, while often not publicly visible, tremendous efforts of many organizations and entities have been collaborating to ensure the displaced residents were able to secure housing. Initially, many displaced residents were relocated to area hotels thanks to the generous contributions of volunteers and the community along with funding through Beltrami County. Their property was also stored until sustainable accommodations could be secured.
In late September, with the generous outpouring of donations and efforts of area organizations combined with the tireless efforts of community partners, all the displaced residents had secured housing. This would not have been possible without the contributions of many community partners, generous community donations and the dedicated volunteers who gave their time, financial support and unwavering compassion to assist their neighbors.
This was an unfortunate event that uprooted nearly 50 residents and highlighted Beltrami County’s extreme housing shortage. Situations like this are unpredictable. Because of this, Beltrami County, the City of Bemidji and many community organizations continue to develop plans to respond to our community’s housing needs. If you would like to support local housing efforts through donations please contact United Way of the Bemidji Area or Northwest Minnesota Foundation. If you have concerns around the safety of your rental unit please call Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota at 800-450-8585 or go to HomeLine at https://homelinemn.org/. If your rental is in the City of Bemidji you can also contact the City Rental Inspector at 218-759-3585.
Joint Press Release from Anne Lindseth, Beltrami County Health and Human Services Director and Katie Nolting, City of Bemidji Attorney.
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