The path to a lasting solution

Progress on the 10-year plan to end homelessness

Heading Home Hennepin

In 2006, Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and a group of businesses, nonprofits, faith and philanthropic leaders, federal and state representatives, and homeless and formerly homeless citizens came together to develop a plan to end homelessness by 2016.

That partnership, Heading Home Hennepin, has worked over the past decade to find creative and sustainable ways to help those experiencing homelessness.

The path into homelessness

While every person has a different route to homelessness, many experience common problems that contribute to homelessness on a systemic level.

For example, families in Hennepin County and across the nation are recovering from the recent economic recession and grappling with increasing housing costs. Our community also weathered the devastating effects of a tornado that destroyed hundreds of affordable housing units.

Heading Home Hennepin works to address those challenges.

Moving forward

The legacy of the Heading Home Hennepin plan is not only lives transformed, but an engaged community of highly-effective and compassionate people committed to working together. Moving forward, the goal is to end chronic homelessness and homelessness among young people and families by 2020.

“Our goal is to make sure homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurring,” said David Hewitt, director of the county's Office to End Homelessness.