Lawmakers Approve $33 Million Increase to Prevent Homelessness and Build Housing (2013)
The 2013 Legislative Session ended with a $33 million increase for programs that prevent homelessness and build affordable housing. The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless applauds this progress, but there’s still more work to be done. MCH’s 2013 Legislative Wrap Up is available here.
Minnesota Leads the Nation Ending Homelessness Among Veterans (2013)
Minnesota has the lowest rate of homelessness among veterans in the nation according to the 2013 State of Homelessness. MinnPost reported, “The latest official but preliminary homeless count in October tallied by Wilder Research showed 10,214 Minnesotans as homeless, though the increases have slowed as the economy turns brighter. Some targeted groups of the homelessness in Minnesota have decreased dramatically in recent years, including the chronic homeless in Hennepin County and homeless military veterans.”
“I think we could be the first state to end homelessness among veterans.”Cathy ten Broeke, State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness
5 Recent Successes in Preventing and Ending Homelessness in Minnesota (2012)
1. Street Homelessness Reduced by 40 percent – Homelessness among single adults living on the streets has decreased in Minneapolis/ Hennepin County since 2010, a result of innovative partnerships between the business, faith, public, and nonprofit communities.
2. Veteran Homelessness Reduced by 33 percent – Investments and collaborations between HUD and the VA pave the way to end veterans’ homelessness by 2015.
3. Downtown 2025 – One of the top ten goals of the downtown Minneapolis business community is to be the first major U.S. city to end street homelessness, an objective determined by the Downtown 2025 planning process.
4. Plans Completed – Six MN regions and five tribes have completed plans to end homelessness, covering all 87 counties.
5. Gifts to end Youth Homelessness – The Otto Bremer Foundation made a major investment in the collective work to end homeless youth; $4 million has been granted to six youth agencies in the Twin Cities to add shelter beds, outreach workers, services.
Homelessness is a big problem with lots of solutions. The public sector, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, business leaders, and private citizens are working together across the country to end homelessness.
Heading Home Minnesota: A Coordinated Response to Ending Homelessness