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Continuum of Care partnership to end homelessness

The Continuum of Care coordinates the countywide effort to prevent and end homelessness. This effort addresses homelessness at all levels. It includes elected officials, housing and service providers, advocates, and people who’ve experienced homelessness.

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In preparation for the 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) competition, Hennepin County is seeking new project pre-applications be considered for inclusion in the CoC’s 2022 application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program

Seeking new project pre-applications

Hennepin CoC is seeking applications for the following project types:

  • Permanent Housing-Supportive Housing (PH-PSH) 
  • Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing projects (PH-RRH)
  • Joint Component Transitional Housing/Rapid Rehousing (TH/RRH)
  • PH-RRH or Joint TH/RRH dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking who are defined as homeless
  • Coordinated Entry (SSO/CES) mobile assessors

 

Project applicants can apply for multiple project types, but most complete separate applications for each project type. 

Hennepin CoC encourages applications from applicants that have never previously received CoC funds, as well as from applicants that are currently receiving or have in the past received CoC funds. Hennepin CoC and HUD provide limited technical assistance to ensure that the process is accessible to all eligible applicants, including those who have not received CoC funds in the past.

 

Application documents:

 

New project application overview meeting

Interested projects are invited to attend a Hennepin CoC New Project application overview meeting. The Hennepin CoC team and a HUD local field office representative will be there to both present the CoC project applicant process and answer any questions. 

Meeting information:

Questions

Questions can be sent to Laura DeRosier laura.derosier@hennepin.us

Deadline for submission for pre-applications

Pre-application & budget forms must be submitted to Laura DeRosier - laura.derosier@hennepin.us and Lindsay Anderson – lindsay02anderson@hennepin.us by July 7, 2022, by close-of-business. Hennepin County reserves the right to announce an extended deadline as needed.

Grants to reduce homelessness

Hennepin County applies for federal funding on behalf of our partner nonprofits, to help their work to reduce homelessness. Look for more opportunities later in 2022.

  • Federal money comes from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney Vento Continuum of Care
  • Money goes for grants to local partners
  • Partners help people find and stay in housing
  • People served are single adults, families and youth who meet HUD’s criteria for homelessness
  • The county and its partners compete nationally to receive the money

Grant application documents

2020 grantees

Hennepin County is proud to be the collaborative applicant on behalf of the Hennepin Continuum of Care. In this capacity, our responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and submitting an annual collaborative application to HUD
  • Submitting the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, and System Performance Measurement (SPM) data
  • Convening and providing staff support as needed for CoC boards and committees

The Hennepin CoC boards and committees contribute to the governance structure of the Hennepin CoC. The Executive Committee is the lead decision-making body. Several active and engaged CoC committees, subcommittees, and working groups in Hennepin County contribute to and lead efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

Read the full description of the CoC governance structure (DOCX).

Continuum of Care governance committees

Heading Home Hennepin Executive committee

  • Act as champions for efforts to prevent and end homelessness, as evidenced through public advocacy, funding and external communications
  • Provide an enduring forum for broad-based, collaborative and strategic leadership on homelessness in Hennepin County

Previous meetings

August 3, 2022

May 4, 2022

April 11, 2022

December 8, 2021

August 4, 2021

April 7, 2021

Contact

Email David at david.hewitt@hennepin.us.

HUD McKinney Vento CoC funding committee

  • Monitors and evaluates performance of all projects funded by Continuum of Care, per HUD guidance
  • Solicits new project applications (if new funds are available),and recommends the ranking of current projects submitted annually — HUD makes final funding allocations based on a competitive national application score and process, based on how our CoC is moving the gauge on HUD System Performance measures

Meetings

  • First Monday of the month, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Attend virtually through Microsoft Teams

Contact

Email Laura at laura.derosier@hennepin.us.

Homeless prevention and rapid rehousing advisory committee

This committee helps the county develop and oversee homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services.

Meetings

  • Third Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Meetings held virtually

Contact

Email Ahmed at ahmed.sirleafii@hennepin.us

Family coordinated entry leadership committee

  • Informs policy and procedure development and revisions for the family Coordinated Entry System
  • Provides guidance to help ensure consistent application of CES policies and procedures

Meetings

  • First Tuesday of the month, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Attend virtually through Microsoft Teams

Contacts

Email Tenzin Banari at tenzin.banari@hennepin.us or Sue Hackett at shackett@aeon.org.

Single adults coordinated entry leadership committee

  • Informs policy and procedure development and revisions for the Sing Adult and Youth Coordinated Entry System
  • Provides guidance to help ensure consistent application of CES policies and procedures

Meetings

  • First Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Meeting held virtually

Contacts

Email Susannah at susannah.king@hennepin.us

Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG)

  • A committee of community members, that draw from their own lived experiences to be voices for those that otherwise go unheard
  • Work with government officials and grant administers to influence how money is spent and decisions are made
  • Partner with neighbors and community members to educate and advocate for a better future where homelessness no longer exists in our community.

Meetings

  • Second Thursday of the month, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Meeting held virtually

Contacts

Email Eric at Eric.Richert@hennepin.us

Current data and trends

Weekly shelter

Monthly chronic homelessness

Quarterly family shelter utilization

Annual point in time

Detailed evictions overview

Find data on where, when and how evictions happen in the county. See this detailed overview, known as the evictions dashboard.

Evictions research

Homeless response system research

Family homelessness research

Youth homelessness research

Eviction prevention

Hennepin County works with renters and landlords to prevent evictions and find a resolution to prevent a court order. Several resources are available, including the county’s eviction dashboard that provides data on where, when and how evictions happen within Hennepin County.

The Tenant Resource Center

This virtual resource supports Hennepin County residents who are at risk of eviction or homelessness through a collaborative partnership among community, nonprofits, government and higher education. The goal of the Tenant Resource Center is to help people maintain stable housing and avoid the “service run around” that sometimes comes with the need to access multiple community resources.

Emergency rental assistance programs 

Emergency programs that offer help with housing costs such as rent payments, damage deposits, home repairs and utility bills are available to Hennepin County residents.

Intervening on eviction filings 

The county conducts outreach and provides services at court hearings for residents who receive an eviction notice. County staff are available to assist eligible households with applying for benefits so they avoid being displaced from their residence.

Continuous improvement

Hennepin County remains focused on improving access to eviction prevention resources. Strengthening partner connections to implement a more coordinated response is key in this effort. Design of a central application that will allow residents to access multiple eviction prevention programs is underway – check back for updates!

Homeless to Housing Program case management

Hennepin County remains focused on expanding access to case management for residents experiencing homelessness, which means being able to connect them to housing programs faster. A new program – Homeless to Housing – was created this year to assist with this initiative. The goals of the program include:

  • Providing housing-focused services to single adults experiencing homelessness
  • Connecting people to mainstream case management resources to assist with housing stability and maintenance after H2H case managers phase out
  • Supplementing the housing-focused services that currently exist in the system
  • Being accessible and physically present in both sheltered and unsheltered settings

The Homeless to Housing Program is organized into three teams: the short-term homeless team, the long-term homeless team and the Homeless Access team. The short-term homeless team works with clients who have been homeless for less than a year and are not yet “stuck” in the system. The long-term homeless team works with clients who have been homeless for more than a year and those on the Chronic Index. The Homeless Access team is specialized in several areas, including street outreach, veterans, library outreach, targeted youth cases, the elderly and the Native American population.

These three teams within the Homeless to Housing Program will work collaboratively with one another to achieve the following goals:

  • House 1,000 people each year
  • End veteran and chronic homelessness
  • Increase exits to permanent housing
  • Be accessible and transparent with the people we work with and the community as a whole
  • Offer low barrier, housing-focused services
  • Be data informed and use system-wide data to adjust practices, prioritization and eligibility

To learn how to refer an eligible resident to the Homeless to Housing Program, visit Emergency programs | Hennepin County.

Salvation Army women's shelter

Learn more about the plan to relocate existing program to 24th and Stevens (PDF)

Youth homelessness

Hennepin County is committed to ensuring that all youth can access safe and stable housing. We work with our public and private partners to build systems that address the diverse needs of each young person so that homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.

Youth Homeless Demonstration Program

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is a HUD initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. In 2021, Hennepin County was selected as a YHDP community and will receive $1,732,344 on an annual basis. The initiative kicked off in October with plans for developing a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. 

Connecting youth with foster care experience to stable housing and services

HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative invests in local, cross-system collaborative efforts to prevent and end homelessness among youth with a current or prior history of foster care. Hennepin County, in partnership with six youth-serving agencies and four public housing authorities, anticipate assisting approximately 100 youth per year with securing affordable housing and providing case management services for up to three years.

Implementing shelter diversion for youth

A shelter diversion program for youth facing imminent homelessness is in development. The goal of the program is to eliminate the need for these youth to go to a shelter by instead helping them to identify safe and suitable housing options, and providing immediate return-to-housing aid.

Accelerating access to services through Community Cards

Community Cards are identification cards that simplify and accelerate entry into housing. Hennepin County is working to implement this concept across all agencies serving youth who are experiencing homelessness. By using Community Cards, youth will receive more streamlined coordinated services and be connected to interventions more efficiently.


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