Media Contact

Kirsten Rokke, Communications Director

Phone: 319-961-1402;

Letter to the Editor (LTE) Resource

Writing Tips and Guidelines

A Letter to the Editor (LTE) is a great way to generate media attention around our campaign issues. This is particularly poignant when organizations share the ways in which past budget allocations have funded beneficial community projects (new affordable housing units, supportive service programs, etc.). Listed here are guidelines for writing an LTE; general messaging and framing for your letters, as well as Homes for All specific talking points to emphasize the importance of statewide funding.

Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE: Minnesota House Considers Historic Investment in Affordable Housing, April 12, 2016

NEWS RELEASE: New Report on Demand for Affordable Senior Housing in MN, February 17, 2016

NEWS RELEASE: New Report – Clock is Ticking for Lawmakers to Increase Cash Assistance in Minnesota’s Welfare-to-Work Program, February 8, 2016

Task Force Report Finds Major Problem with Minnesota’s Welfare-to-Work Program, February 10, 2015

Minnesota Leaders Join First Lady to Announce Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, June 4, 2014

News Statement: Homeless Coalition praises minimum wage agreement, April 7, 2014

News Release: Lawmakers consider removing education barriers for workers on welfare, March 18, 2014

Homeless advocates highlight solutions at the Capitol: Lawmakers consider $100 million for housing, March 6, 2014

News Statement: Announcement to end veteran homelessness in Minnesota this year, February 3, 2014

News Statement: Homeless outreach during deadly cold snap, January 3, 2014

News Statement: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, December 20, 2013

News Release: Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Wins Nonprofit Mission Award in Advocacy, October 25, 2013

News Statement: Homeless Coalition responds to new Wilder Research findings, October 8, 2013

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Wins Prestigious Nonprofit Mission Award in Advocacy, September 4, 2013

News Statement: Homeless community mourns loss of Steve O’Neil , July 2013

News Conference Alert: Homes for All, March 6, 2013

News Release: Homeless 2012 Counts, March 7, 2013

News Release: Children’s HealthWatch Report Studies Housing Insecurity and Child Health in Minneapolis, February 2013

News Release: Affirmative Options Coalition Merger Announcement – August 28, 2013

News Release: Bonding Bill Invests in Housing – May 2012

$867 Million Surplus Homeless Advocates Call for Restoring Lost Funding – November 2012

Homelessness in Minnesota

According to Wilder Research, approximately, 14,000 Minnesotans are homeless on any given night. Homelessness in Minnesota increased 6 percent between 2009 and 2012.  Children and youth age 21 and younger make up nearly half (46 percent) of the homeless population. One-third of the homeless population are children with their families; 51 percent are 5 years old and under. The number of homeless children with their parents increased 9 percent between 2009 and 2012. Minnesota is poised to be the first state to end homelessness among veterans. According to HUD, Minnesota’s rate of homeless veterans is 7 percent, nearly half the national average.

Source: 2012 Minnesota Homeless Study, Wilder Research.

About Us

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless is a statewide coalition of over 100 direct service providers. The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless generates public policies, community support, and local resources to end homelessness in Minnesota. Staff are based in Willmar, Duluth, Moorhead, and St. Paul.


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