2021 Legislative Agenda

Download the 2021 MCH Legislative Agenda Here
  • Download the ESP One-Pager with additional messaging here
  • Download the Shelter Capital One-Pager with additional messaging here

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) is in collaboration with over 100 member organizations throughout the state. We are a bipartisan organization supporting state policy that promotes housing stability and economic security across Minnesota. Shelter saves lives. Housing ends homelessness. MCH will support and defend legislation that protects resources utilized by low-wealth and under-resourced communities, including communities of color and/or Indigenous communities during the 2021 legislative session.

2021 MCH Agenda: 

  • $15M Emergency Services Program – Investment to strengthen the Emergency Services Program
    • H.F. 315 – $15M for ESP ongoing to the base
    • H.F. 3 & H.F. 42 Includes $10M for COVID-19 relief into ESP
    • S.F. 455 Senate File for $15M for ESP ongoing to the base
    • Download the ESP One-Pager with additional messaging here
  • $50M Shelter Capital – Investment to preserve and expand homeless shelters across the state
    • H.F. 21 – $25M Cash for Shelter Capital
    • Download the Shelter Capital One-Pager with additional messaging here
  • Housing Support Program – Investment to support and sustain quality affordable housing costs that strengthen lives and communities
    • H.F. 601 Housing Supports modification; ($100/month for supportive housing, a waiver for absences)
    • S.F. 319 – Housing supports modification; ($100/month for supportive housing, a waiver for absences)
  • Support the full Homes for All Legislative Agenda
    • Full H4A agenda on the website here

Click here or read below for full descriptions of the MCH agenda items, and click here for MCH’s 2021 Legislative Overview video

In 2021, our priorities include expanding emergency shelter beds to ensure no one has to sleep outside, investing in programs that cultivate long-term stability, and guaranteeing everyone in our community has a permanent place to call home.

$15M Emergency Services Program
Investment to strengthen the Emergency Services Program 

Shelter saves lives. Housing ends homelessness. Strengthening the Statewide Emergency Services Program with an increase of $15M per biennium will empower communities across the state to find creative, flexible solutions that address homelessness in our Minnesota communities. 

Emergency shelters are the starting point to gaining long term stability. Stays in a shelter are on a short–term basis (usually less than three months); homeless shelters provide an individual or family experiencing homelessness with a clean, safe place to stay. The Emergency Services Program (ESP)  is the most flexible source of funds that allows for emergency shelters to be the starting point to long term stability. All across Minnesota, shelters and homeless service providers desperately need the resources to provide critical services to save lives. Institute for Community Alliance’s research stated that children under 18 make up a larger share of the population in a shelter in rural areas (35%), compared to suburban or urban areas (28% and 14%), and 63% of the total persons in a shelter in the report period were people of color.* The Emergency Services Program allows organizations and local communities to meet the local needs of people experiencing homelessness by providing funding that supports the operations, staffing, and resources to support families, individuals, and seniors. Download the ESP One-Pager with additional messaging here

  • H.F. 315 – $15M for ESP ongoing to the base
  • H.F. 3 & H.F. 42 Includes $10M for COVID-19 relief into ESP
  • S.F. 455 Senate File for $15M for ESP ongoing to the base
$50M Shelter Capital
Investment to preserve and expand homeless shelters across the state 

Shelter saves lives. Housing ends homelessness. Investing in Shelter Capital expands and preserves temporary housing options like shelters for families and individuals experiencing homelessness, and form pathways to hope and long-term housing stability.

Emergency homeless shelters generate a short-term solution for individuals and families sleeping or dying outside, and they become the starting point to gaining long-term stability. Preserving and expanding homeless shelter beds will provide immediate and temporary housing for our low-wealth communities in Minnesota. Currently, Minnesota does not have enough shelter beds for individuals and families who need a temporary place to stay safe. 80 of 87 Minnesota counties do not have enough shelter beds for individuals experiencing homelessness. 1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness are not able to stay in a shelter, and there is an increase to homelessness across the state; 36% increase in Greater MN and a 92% increase in the Twin Cities Metro.** Homeless shelters represent a significant gap within the continuum of housing and services to meet the needs of our children, families and seniors in Minnesota. We need to generate a short-term solution for individuals and families sleeping or dying outside with an investment to Shelter Capital. Download the Shelter Capital One-Pager with additional messaging here

  • H.F. 21 – $25M Cash for Shelter Capital
Housing Support Program
Investment to support and sustain quality affordable housing costs that strengthen lives and communities

The Housing Support program exists to prevent homelessness and help people obtain housing stability. It helps pay for housing costs for seniors and adults with disabilities who have low incomes. More than 4,300 individuals currently receive Housing Support in community settings, and that number is increasing. We can strengthen Housing Support to benefit more residents and landlords across the state by increasing base rate funding and waiving temporary absence requirements for individuals in need of healthcare treatment.

  • H.F. 601 House File for Housing Supports ($100/month for board & lodge, a waiver for absences)
  • S.F. 319 – Housing supports modification; ($100/month for board & lodge, a waiver for absences)

Homes for All

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless is a supporter of the Homes for All (H4A) legislative agenda. The Homes for All Coalition is comprised for 270+ organizations representing every county in the state. The H4A endorsing members represent affordable housing developers, shelter providers, organizations led by people with lived experiences, tenants’ rights organizations, mental health and disability organizations, faith communities, local units of government, philanthropic organizations, and more. The H4A legislative agenda is broad because Homes for All represents the full continuum of housing and believes that every part of the continuum is critical infrastructure to stabilizing Minnesotans and the communities they call home. Please read more on their website for the full agenda: www.homesforallmn.org

Download the 2021 MCH Legislative Agenda Here
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MCH Legislative Kickoff Video
Click here to watch our 2021 Legislative Priorities. With our 2021 priorities (here), we wanted to recognize the data from Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System, prepared by Institute for Community Alliances, and show the need in communities across the state by highlighting Christina from Willmar from our Regional Interview Project. #MCHInterviews

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MCH Legislative Outcomes 

Download the 2019 Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Legislative Outcomes
Download the 2019 Homes for All Legislative Outcomes

Past Legislative Agendas

Download the 2020 MCH Legislative Agenda
Download the 2019 MCH Legislative Agenda

Download the 2018 MCH Legislative Agenda

Contact: Zack Eichten, Director of Public Policy || zack@mnhomelesscoalition.org