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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.
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News Statement: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, December 20, 2013
News Conference Alert: Homes for All, March 6, 2013
News Release: Homeless 2012 Counts, March 7, 2013
News Release: Affirmative Options Coalition Merger Announcement – August 28, 2013
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.
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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