Regional Interview Project

MCH staff conducted a variety of interviews with individuals across the state who are advocating to end homelessness.

We know: Shelter saves lives. Housing ends homelessness. The stories and conversations in the videos highlight the need for investments in the Emergency Services Program, Housing Support Program, the preservation/expansion of homeless shelters, and other resources across the state. Click each name below to watch the interviews.

Regional Interviews Playlist
  1. Rose Surma, Executive Director with Oasis Central MN – in Little Falls
  2. Jen Theneman, Executive Director with Partners for Affordable Housing in Blue Earth County
  3. Melissa from Mankato – experience with homelessness
  4. Lucy Zanders, Executive Director of Theresa Living Center in Ramsey County
  5. Lisa from Red Lake – experience with homelessness
  6. Linda Soderstrom from Southeast MN – experience with housing insecurity
  7. Jordan May, Executive director of Red Lake Homeless Shelter experience with homelessness
  8. Julie Jeppson, Executive Director of Stepping Stone Emergency Housing (SSEH) in Anoka
  9. KaTina Cummings, Program manager of Coordinated Access to Housing & Shelter w/Catholic Charities in St Paul
  10. Michael Huffman, Director of Outreach & Shelter at St. Stephens in the Twin Cities
  11. Jordon Johnson, Executive Director of Life House in Duluth experience with homelessness
  12. Sandy Hennum, Executive Director of Village of Hope in Bemidji
  13. Christina from Willmar MN; experience with homelessness
  14. Michelle Guptil from the Twin Cities; experience with homelessness
  15. Star Marmon from the Twin Cities; experience with homelessness
  16. Heather Jeseritz, Program Coordinator at United Community Action Partnership in Southwestern MN
  17. D’Andre Gordon, Public Policy Advocate at Catholic Charities of Saint Paul & Minneapolis in the Twin Cities
  18. David Frei, Executive Director of Family Promise in Anoka County
  19. Patrick Moore, Director of Property Management at Property Solutions & Services in the Twin Cities
  20. Carolyn Brown, Co-Director & Housing Advocate with the Community Stabilization Project in St Paul
  21. Jason Swanson, Executive Director of the MN River Area Agency on Aging in Southwestern MN
  22. Steve Horsfield, Executive Director with Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis
  23. Ron Oleheiser, Executive Director with Grace House in Grand Rapids
  24. Nicole Laumer, community advocate in the Twin Cities
  25. Delecia McCain, Life Skills Advocate with Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka experience with homelessness
  26. Commissioner MatasCastillo in Ramsey County
  27. Kelsey Vosika, Executive Director of Family Promise of Kandiyohi County in Willmar, MN
  28. Commissioner Conley in Hennepin County
  29. Commissioner LaTondresse in Hennepin County
  30. Mayor Kim Norton in Rochester
  31. Commissioner Olson in Beltrami County
  32. Dr. Alex Harsha Bangura, Family Physician & Rural Health Equity Fellow in Todd County
  33. Dr. Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, Pediatrician Adolescent Medicine Physician in Hennepin County

If you have any questions re: the conversational videos, please reach out to Matt Traynor:


In 2021 MCH is advocating for:

  • Emergency Services Program; $15M – Investment to strengthen the Emergency Services Program
  • Shelter Capital; $50M – Investment to preserve and expand homeless shelters across the state
  • Housing Support Program; Investment to support and sustain quality affordable housing costs that strengthen lives and communities
  • Support the full Homes for All legislative agenda found here

Please visit a different part of the website found here for more detailed information about our legislative agenda.