Street homelessness reduced 40 percent in Minneapolis
A partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and many community partners has led to a 40 percent decrease in street homelessness in Minneapolis since 2010, a 33 percent reduction in homeless veterans, and increased prevention of homelessness.
The Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole heard a presentation Wednesday from Heading Home Hennepin, the joint City and County effort to end homelessness, highlighting the progress that has been made in the past five years. Heading Home Hennepin is a 10-year plan to end homelessness by 2016, and it brings together more than 120 local partner organizations, all working toward the same goal.
Heading Home Hennepin Goals and Highlights
Heading Home Hennepin’s first goal is to prevent homelessness before it starts by keeping people in housing that they have and ensuring people do not become homeless when leaving public institutions. In the last few years, the effort has:
- Provided prevention assistance to more than 3,000 households between 2009-2011.
- Coordinated $6.5 million in new city and county Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing funds from federal government as a result of the Recovery Act. These funds targeted renters in foreclosing properties, youth in Minneapolis Public Schools, refugee families in shelters, young moms in crisis, and additional rapid-exit from county shelters.
- Raised $200,000 in private resources to assist more than 200 households impacted by the north Minneapolis tornado with short-term rental subsidies to prevent them from entering shelter.
- Provided discharge planning assistance from various systems, including the county workhouse and Shakopee Women’s Prison.
- Piloted Hospital to Home and Recuperative Care models to reduce costly, extended stays in hospitals.
- Improved discharge from foster care so youth have support and do not become homeless.
The second goal of Heading Home Hennepin is to provide outreach to people who are experiencing homelessness and are unsheltered. The intention is to better serve and secure housing for people on the streets, as well as reduce livability offenses and concerns of citizens. Highlights include:
- St. Stephen’s Outreach team has housed more than 350 people since October 2007.
- There has been a 40 percent reduction in street homelessness since 2010. The number of people counted as unsheltered in January 2012 was 204, down from 300 in 2011 and 341 in 2010.
- A collaboration called the Downtown 100 reported a 78 percent reduction in criminal offenses of top offenders. Many of these offenders are homeless and housing and services have proven key to this success.
- The Downtown business community has committed to ending street homelessness in its Downtown Minneapolis 2025 Strategic Plan.
Heading Home Hennepin also aims to create thousands of housing opportunities, connect people to the services they need to escape homelessness, increase people’s income through education and training, and promote policies and practices that end homelessness.
To view the full report, visit Heading Home Hennepin’s website.
About Heading Home Hennepin
Heading Home Hennepin is the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County community's 10-year plan to end homelessness by 2016. Championed by hundreds of government, business, faith, and advocacy leaders, Heading Home Hennepin brings together more than 120 local nonprofit organizations, as well as government agencies, faith-based alliances, businesses, and concerned citizens. The plan's success in garnering comprehensive grassroots endorsement and bolstering community networks has made it a model for similar initiatives nationwide. Heading Home Hennepin unites our entire community in the pursuit of permanently closing the door on homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County.
Published Mar. 8, 2012