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A few months ago I nervously shared my story about growing up in deep poverty in front of a large audience. Afterwards, a woman approached me, sobbing. She was clearly distraught, trying to catch her breath.
I worried. Had I offended her? Then her story came out.
She had recently planted a vegetable garden in an attempt to feed two generations of her family that were doubled up in an over-priced apartment.
She was working two jobs, rode public transportation, cared for her parents and children but was still more than six months behind on her rent.
“Share my story,” she pleaded, “so people know.”
As a supporter of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, you touch the lives of thousands of people across the state, each with unique stories and circumstances.
Families are doubled up in cramped quarters to protect one another from homelessness. Those with even fewer resources resort to sleeping in dog houses or walking the aisles of 24 hour Wal-Marts at night because the nearest shelter is 100 miles way.
Outreach workers and service providers work tirelessly to meet basic needs and address unimaginable crises on a daily basis.
But because of you, Minnesotans experiencing homelessness have a strong voice at the Capitol to advocate for housing and economic opportunity. Together we make lasting change possible.
This year, your support helped secure $35.5 million in state funds to prevent homelessness and create affordable housing. These investments will serve thousands of Minnesotans in need in communities across the state.
Because of your support, we advanced and nearly passed legislation to raise basic cash assistance for families in deep poverty for the first time since 1986. As a result of our advocacy, families enrolled in the Minnesota Family Investment Program can now:
- Keep up to $200/month in assistance if they receive child support income, instead of being docked for family support.
- Receive a $110/month housing allowance, if they are not living in subsidized housing.
- Pursue education and job training while enrolled in MFIP – a reform that helps striving workers achieve stable, better paid employment.
Because of you, our coalition has secured nearly $200 million in state investments to prevent homelessness and create affordable housing since 2012.
The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless does not receive any of the funding our advocacy efforts secure. Instead, we depend on support from our members, philanthropic grants, and supporters like you. This is why your gift today is so important.
We are gearing up for an ambitious 2016 legislative session to increase funding for housing stability and raise MFIP cash assistance for the first time since 1986. Real progress has been made, but our work is not done.
Please join us in transforming Minnesota into a place where everyone has a place to call home and chance to thrive.
Thank you for making lasting change possible.
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless News