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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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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

Executive committee

  • Oversees the homeless response system in Hennepin County
  • Assigns work to operations board and working committees

Next meeting

  • Wednesday, December 8, 9–10:30 a.m.

Previous meetings

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 – link coming soon

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.
  • St. Stephen's, 2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

Contact

Email Stacy at stacy.sweeney@ymcamn.org.

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, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Attend virtually through Microsoft Teams – link coming soon

Contacts

Email Charlotte Morris at cmoris@stephensmpls.org or Charlotte Kinzley at ckinzley@stephensmpls.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, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

Contacts

Email Susannah at susannah.king@hennepin.us or Zarita at zhester@ststephensmpls.org.

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 2021.

  • 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

FY2020 grant awards (PDF)

Current data and trends

Weekly shelter

Monthly chronic homelessness

Quarterly family shelter utilization

Semi-annual unsheltered point in time

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

"Missed Opportunities" in the Pathway from Referral to Housing (PDF)

Strategies to Improve Point-in-Time (PIT) Counts of Unsheltered Homelessness: An Evaluation of Hennepin County's Current approach and Summary of Lessons Learned from Other Communities (PDF)

Family homelessness research

Youth homelessness research

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