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Homelessness in Minnesota declined slightly in the past five years, according to a new statewide study released Wednesday, StarTribune, 2024

Researchers: Homelessness declined slightly in Minnesota since 2018, pandemic effect unclear, MPR, 2024

Homeless coalition meets with state lawmakers to push for funding, new encampment law, MPR, 2024

Brooks: Once a year, the homeless speak and the politicians listen, StarTribune, 2024


Minnesota business leaders back proposed $220-plus million homelessness proposal,MinnPost, May 2023

Minnesota nonprofits urge legislators to boost funding for homeless services, StarTribune, May 2023

‘This will save lives’: Minnesota nearly triples funding to combat youth homelessness, KARE 11, May 2023

Celebration for new homeless shelter in Hibbing called Home on the Range, WDIO, May 2023

Bemidji’s Peoples Church Hoping for Proposed State Funding to Support Repairs, PBS, May 2023

Home Is a Gateway to Dreams, Minnesota Women’s Press, March 2023

$50 million signed into law to prevent family homelessness, WDIO, March 2023

Minnesota lawmakers push to pass act to help end homelessness, KARE 11, February 2023

Minnesota Department of Health report finds death rates are higher for people experiencing homelessness. How some agencies are trying to help, KSTP, February 2023

These Minnesotans get shelter at a price too steep, Star Tribune, February 2023

Gov. Walz outlines health, safety budget proposals, WDIO, January 2023

Walz announces health, safety budget proposals, KSTP, January 2023

‘Pathway Home Act’ aims to put $200 million to homeless services, Grand Rapids Herald Review, January

Duluth homeless shelter stretches to meet growing need, prepares to expand, Duluth News Tribune, January 2023


Hope for the homeless: Local agencies offer help to those in need, Litchfield Independent Review, December 2022

Hennepin County sees 268% increase in families experiencing homelessness, KSTP, December 2022

Leaders at the Capitol say Minnesota has chance to ‘go really big’ on housing, MinnPost, November 2022

Hibbing’s new homeless shelter finds home, Duluth News Tribune, November 2022

Programs to combat homelessness work, it’s the lack of funding that doesn’t, MinnPost, May 2022

Local View: Insufficient investments, not community leaders, are to blame for the homelessness crisis, Duluth News Tribune, May 2022

Our View: Housing | Legislature must step up for homeless, Mankato Free Press, May 2022

Letter: Invest in homeless shelters, Letter from Dakota Woodlands, Sun Sailor, April 2022

LETTER: Invest in homeless shelters, Letter from Missions Inc., Sun Sailor, April 2022

Connections Shelter sets seasonal end date, Mankato Free Press, April 2022

Funding for homeless emergency services grants could increase by $35 million, Session Daily, February 2022


Franklin encampment crisis should spur us to do something about homelessness — Opinion, Minnesota Reformer, September 2021; Op-Ed in response to Franklin Street Encampment article

Your Turn: Support boost to Housing Support at the Capitol, St. Cloud Times, May 2021; Updates on our policy work in 2021

Housing advocates hold out hope for renter protections, Mankato Free Press, May 2021; Updates on important housing work in 2021

After year of pandemic, homelessness takes on new urgency at Minnesota Capitol; Twin Cities Pioneer Press, March 2021; Coverage from the 2021 Homeless Day on the Hill Program

Red Lake Homeless Shelter director advocates at ‘Homeless Day on the Hill’ Bemidji Pioneer, March 2021; Coverage from the 2021 Homeless Day on the Hill Press Conference

ROCHESTER WORKS TOWARD HOMELESSNESS SOLUTIONS DURING ANNUAL CONFERENCE, KIMT, March 2021; Coverage from the 2021 Homeless Day on the Hill Press Conference

Options sought for day support for people facing homelessness, Rochester Post Bulletin, March 2021; Coverage from the 2021 Homeless Day on the Hill Press Conference

Options sought for day support for people facing homelessness; Rochester Post Bulletin; March 2021

Ep. 19: Homelessness in rural MN, with Rhonda Otteson, Center For Rural Policy and Development, March 02, 2021

Dangerously Cold Temperatures Test Homeless Shelters In Twin Cities, CBS Minnesota, February 2021

UpTake MN Coverage (@uptakemn) from MCH virtual hearings; February 2021

‘Do you have what you need to survive tonight?’ Group helps homeless during winter; Kare 11, February 11 & 12, 2021

Minneapolis wrestles with homelessness; Longfellow Nokomis Messenger, January 2021

With Minnesota’s eviction moratorium set to end, renters brace for future; Pioneer Press, January 13, 2021

How will homeless weather winter?, Midway Como Frogtown Media, December 02, 2020

Our View: Stretch COVID relief in Duluth beyond homelessness; Duluth News Tribune, November 2020

5 Minnesota counties receive designation for ending veteran homelessness; KTSP; November 2020

Minnesota marks another milestone in helping homeless veterans; Minnesota Public Radio (MPR); November 2020

Counterpoint: Outstate, the homeless crisis is lack of shelters; StarTribune, June 2020

The Problem Exists Now: Advocates Call for Homeless Shelter Solutions, Reg Chapman, WCCO, June 10, 2019

Despite some big wins at 2019 Legislature, affordable housing advocates say much more needs to be done, MinnPost, June 2, 2019

State needs to be a partner in statewide housing solutions, Marion Greene, Sheila Kiscaden, Emily Larson, Andrea Lauer, Jim McDonough, Kim Norton St Cloud Times, May 17, 2019

Homes for All rally, Senate DFL, May 9, 2019

Advocates for the homeless make voices heard in State Capitol, Joe Ruff, May 7, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Housing investments key to community, International Falls Journal, April 24, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Support Homes for All, Herald Review, April 17, 2019

Do We have the Political Will to Fix Homelessness, Linda Larson, St. Cloud Times, April 10, 2019

Mankato should have permanent homeless shelter, The Free Press Serving South-Central Minnesota, April 7, 2019

State action urged to curb rising homelessness MSR News Online, March 27, 2019

Ramsey County sheriff, advocates give impassioned plea to help Minnesota’s homeless KTSP, March 25, 2019

Report highlights growing number of homeless seniors in Minnesota Jessica Lee, MinnPost, March 22, 2019

Minnesota’s homeless population reaches record high number, Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, March 21, 2019

Despite improving economy, state’s homeless population jumps 10 percent since 2015, Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio, March 20, 2019

Lack of affordable housing squeezing ever more Minnesotans, Martin Moylan, Minnesota Public Radio, March 14, 2019

Homeless Day on the Hill, KTTC, Ubah Ali, March 13, 2019

House bills would increase support for program helping low-income families with children, Ashley Zilka, KSTP, March 6, 2019

Sheltering the homeless from the cold is personal for this deputy. She’s looking for her brother, Mara H. Gottfried, Pioneer Press, March 6, 2019

Advocates, struggling moms make the case for increased welfare benefits, Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, March 6, 2019

3-2-19 Esme Murphy 6 PM, Esme Murphy, WCCO Radio, March 2, 2019

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proposes $1.3 billion in infrastructure projects, Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, February 27, 2019

With relentless push, Minnesota nears goal of ending veteran homelessness, Chris Serres, Star Tribune, February 9, 2019

Homes for All Coalition Proposes $430 Million Package, Joe Ruff, The Catholic Spirit, February 1, 2019

Our View: Housing: Take action on proposals for affordable housing, Mankato Free Press, January 31, 2019

Housing advocates see ‘grand alliance’ to push for funding at Capitol, Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, January 28, 2019

Minnesota faces housing crisis. How local groups says $400 million could address it, Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press, January 23, 2019

Organizations ask for $430 million to address Minnesota’s housing crisis, Bill Salisbury, Duluth News Tribune original: Pioneer Press, January 23, 2019

Organizations ask for $430 million to address Minnesota’s housing crisis, Bill Salisbury, Bemidji Pioneer original: Pioneer Press, January 23, 2019

Push for housing comes to the Capitol, Brianna Bierschbach, MPR, January 23, 2019

Organizations ask for $430 million to address Minnesota’s housing crisis, Bill Salisbury, West Central Pioneer original: Pioneer Press, January 23, 2019

Statewide homeless coalition makes stop in Bemidji, Jordan Shearer, Bemidji Pioneer, January 10, 2019

MCC stresses state budget as moral document, Joe Ruff, The Catholic Spirit, January 4, 2019