Saint Paul Public Housing Agency is Seeking Face Masks for Residents

The PHA is looking for CDC-approved cloth face coverings for residents.  PHA will gratefully accept donated masks. PHA also has limited funds available to help cover costs of materials and time.  

Help the St. Paul PHA reach its goal of donating masks to those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you for your support!


Guidelines on creating face masks include:

  • Build a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.
  • Use mask material that is tightly woven but breathable. Double-layer the fabric if possible.
    • Masks must be made from washable material such as fabric. Choose a fabric that can handle high temperatures and bleach without shrinking or otherwise deforming.
  • The mask should be tolerant of expected amounts of moisture from breathing.
  • Suggested materials:
    • Outer layer tea cloth
    • Inner layer of a microfleece to wick away moisture
    • Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible
    • Use a fat woven shoelace type material to bind the sides (such as quilt binding)
    • For straps, use elastic straps, shoelaces, or strips of fabric to loop behind the ears.

There is no standard design for a homemade facemask. Click below to see design guides and patterns:

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer’s germs from infecting others – especially in situations where they may spread the virus without symptoms. Cloth face masks are not a proven way to prevent COVID-19 from infecting the wearer.

Interested in Donating? 

Please contact Natalie Mikkelson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-298-5222, to coordinate drop off location and time.  

Click here to view PHA flyer - Seeking Face Masks for Residents.