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COVID-19 updates

Hennepin County shelter response update,
Friday, June 26, 2020

Hennepin County has been preparing to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable residents, including those experiencing homelessness. The county continues to work with several area hotels and service providers to provide alternate housing for high-risk and sick residents who cannot isolate on their own.

Hennepin County first acted to establish alternative accommodations for high-risk residents at area hotels on Tuesday, March 17. To date, the county has allocated more than $6 million for protective and isolation housing for vulnerable residents.

Protective housing

The number of people we are supporting in protective housing facilities remains at about 500. We are continuing our work with residents to transition from the hotel into permanent housing. The hotel program is a crisis response to COVID-19 and is not sustainable indefinitely but our goal is that none will return to shelter and our goal for everyone remains that they should have their own housing.
As we continue to absorb this work into our new normal way of doing business, we are planning to transition this newsletter from weekly to an as-needed schedule. 


Responding to encampment queries

As a result of deep community concern about the growing encampment at Powderhorn Park Office to End Homelessness Director David Hewitt has received hundreds of emails from residents. We thought you would be interested to see the email he sent in response to some of those who contacted him: 


Thank you for your email about Powderhorn Park. We are deploying our Healthcare for the Homeless team to provide health supports to people at Powderhorn Park and other encampments across the city. Our Homeless Access and non-profit outreach teams are similarly working in Powderhorn Park and other encampments. They will attempt to connect people to openings in housing, shelter and other services but that is hard, person-by-person work. Further, as I described at the Parks Board meeting last night (and so you may have heard already – apologies if so), all of our staff and services have been stretched beyond anything we’ve ever known after standing up, staffing and maintaining hundreds of units of protective and isolation space since the days that followed the State of Emergency declaration and converting our entire homeless and housing system to be responsive to COVID-19.

I want to take the time to share with you what’s been happening and my perspective on things. That does mean this will be rather a long e-mail but I hope it is of use and some interest. Mostly, I want to let you know that we share the same goals. Housing is a human right and the most basic need for anyone to build a stable and healthy life. Increasing affordable housing is the only way to end homelessness in our communities. Ultimately, our aim is to connect every person experiencing homelessness to affordable permanent housing. That is a lofty but absolutely necessary goal.

Responding to COVID-19

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly threatening to our most vulnerable neighbors. Since mid-March, Hennepin County has spent $6 million to provide protective and isolation housing at five area hotels, for people experiencing homelessness who are at high-risk of death if they contract COVID-19, and separate hotels for people who have tested positive or are awaiting test results that cannot safely self-isolate on their own. 

We acted swiftly to stand up these critical havens for people experiencing homelessness. It is because of these efforts that we have not seen tragic outbreaks in our homeless community as many other urban centers across the country have experienced. The first buses started moving anyone aged 60+ and experiencing homelessness to hastily arranged and staffed hotel sites in the days following the Emergency Declaration more than three months ago. Right now there are 529 seniors and medically vulnerable people that are being sheltered in fully staffed, supportive hotel sites as a result of these early interventions. We are working on permanent housing with the goal that none return to shelter or the streets (where, we can all agree, they should never have been in the first place).

In addition, Hennepin County participated in the state-led effort to move about 130 people experiencing unsheltered homelessness from the Sabo Bridge, Stevens and Cedar encampments (also offered to folks on the Greenway) near the civil unrest in Minneapolis to two area hotels being leased and managed by Avivo and Start Today. These efforts are being funded through amended Housing Support agreements with Hennepin County and the Regional Metro Committee. Over the past two weeks, 14 people have already been moved from these hotels to permanent housing.

Making shelters safer

These actions taken together have led to the largest and safest shelter system we have ever had in Hennepin County. Today, including the most recent encampment evacuation hotel sites, there are: 

  • About 1,130 spaces in use for single adults experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County
  • Two-thirds of these spaces are individual separate rooms
  • All of these spaces are available for guests to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week 

Three months ago, there were:

  • About 930 emergency shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County 
  • All of these beds were in congregate settings with as many as 130 people in one room in the largest setting
  • Only 180 spaces were available 24/7

Additionally, our family system still operates under a right-to-shelter for families with children and we have plenty of capacity to serve and shelter more families. I am personally very proud of all of this work. Mass testing at both our family shelter and one of our hotel sites last week found zero COVID+ test results for guests and staff. As of last Friday there had been a total of 114 COVID+ cases among people experiencing homelessness in the entire State (as per MDH website). While there is still a long road ahead of us, positive cases among people experiencing homelessness stayed flat thus far and have been declining steadily in recent weeks.

This effort has required unprecedented levels of funding. Hennepin County and partner staff have volunteered to be redeployed from their current work to offer support and step into roles they’ve never held before. This response has stretched our capacity and that of our nonprofit partners to a level that is unsustainable without additional support. Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis requested additional state support and communicated to the State Emergency Operations Center that we could not safely stand up additional capacity. That was on May 13, before the murder of George Floyd and the resulting uprising that has created even greater need.

Helping people keep the homes they’re in

The economic impacts of COVID-19 are further threatening to exacerbate these challenges. To prepare for the risk of thousands of people newly threatened with homelessness, Hennepin County recently announced $15 million for rental assistance for low income households who cannot afford their housing costs due to COVID-19.

Please help us share this resource widely: hennepin.us/rent-help. 

Protecting people in encampments 

The hard truth is that all of these unprecedented efforts still fall woefully short of meeting the unprecedented need in our community. There are very real public health risks that are unavoidable in large concentrated encampments that must be considered in our collective response to this situation. As described above, we will continue to deploy our Healthcare for the Homeless team to provide health supports to people at Powderhorn Park and other encampments across the city. Our Homeless Access and outreach teams will similarly continue to work tirelessly to connect people to services and the shelter and housing that is available. 

As I also shared, in my experience the larger encampments get, the more dangerous they become and that I believe this is especially true for those staying within them. I felt this way before COVID-19 (based on my experience of the Hiawatha-Franklin encampment) and even more so when there is a global pandemic that requires physical distancing (remaining six feet apart) to keep vulnerable individuals and our community safe. The daily increases in the number of people at Powderhorn Park are also not accompanied by any commensurate reductions in the numbers of people in other encampments or in shelter in Hennepin or Ramsey County.

Underpinning all of this

I do want to call out the underlying causes, though I know this isn’t necessarily news. The housing crisis we face has only been compounded by COVID-19 and the recent social uprising in Minneapolis. Our lack of affordable housing does the most harm to people with very low incomes—those making 30% of the Area Median Income (or about $30,000 for a family of four). People of color are disproportionately represented in this group and even more disproportionately represented in who experiences homelessness. In Hennepin County:  

  • We have about 74,000 households who live in this income bracket.
  • We have only about 14,000 units of subsidized housing in Hennepin County that are affordable for them. 
  • About 95% of people experiencing homelessness have incomes at or below this level, including many who are working full-time jobs. 

The math is simple, people can’t afford housing and there is not nearly enough of it.

Working for immediate and long-term solutions – when the work is ‘normal’

Every year, we invest about $134 million, primarily state and federal funds, to support a range of affordable housing and shelter response strategies. This funding allows us to:

  • Provide shelter for 9,000 people experiencing homelessness 
  • Help more than 7,500 residents who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness maintain or access permanent housing
  • Support 15,000 people in supportive housing
  • Create or preserve about 975 units of affordable housing

From the beginning of the year to the end of May, our community has moved more than 700 people in Hennepin County directly from homelessness into permanent housing. This work makes a difference for the people served but, unfortunately, it is not nearly enough.  

Increasing supportive housing

Last year the Hennepin County board adopted a new strategy to proactively drive construction of 1,000 new units of housing affordable to those with the lowest income, including housing specifically designed for people who are chronically homeless or medically fragile. 
 
This is an innovative 10-year strategy that the we estimate will cost the county $90 million and require continued investment from state and city funding partners. We have already awarded $6 million to fund seven new supportive housing projects which will create 212 physical units of housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness and people with severe addictions.

In case you are looking for further ways you can help

I understand you are already involved in practical efforts on the ground which are desperately needed and so appreciated. Still, people often ask me ‘what can I do to help’ and so I wanted to answer that question to the best of my ability also. These challenges require all of us working together with the urgency that the moment requires. Here are a few things you can do right now to help.

  1. Keep advocating: Given I am responding to your advocacy, this can likely go unsaid. Still: Join forces with established efforts to increase housing stability in our community. Check out the Homes for All Campaign, MN Coalition for the Homeless, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Please continue to reach out to your state and federal representatives, as well as your city and county elected leaders and let them know we need immediate funding and action to address homelessness in our communities.
  2. Volunteer: Many organizations lost volunteers when the pandemic started. Organizations need volunteers now more than ever — you are likely connected with your local non-profits but otherwise Handsontwincities.org is a good place to start.
  3. Donate: Nonprofits who are providing shelter and essential services to people experiencing homelessness are facing dire financial constraints at a time when their services are more needed than ever. Hennepin County is doing everything we can to increase funding, but your donations are badly needed, too. 
  4. Educate: In order to take decisive and effective action together, having a sound understanding of the challenges we face together is crucial. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a good resource to help educate your friends, family, and neighbors on solutions to end homelessness. You can also find great statistical information for Minnesota at Wilder Research.  

I believe passionately in this work. I understand that you do too. I believe it requires good faith collaboration and strong partnerships across government agencies, the public and private sectors and, especially, community and people with lived experience of homelessness. I also believe that both shelters and encampments are not acceptable solutions; only housing is.

As you might imagine, I am receiving a lot of e-mails right now. That limits my responsiveness but as you reached out to me directly I wanted to get back to you.

Best regards,

David Hewitt
Office to End Homelessness, Director


Legal guidance and resources for renters

While evictions are not currently allowed under Governor Walz's Peacetime Emergency order, rent is still due. LawHelpMN.org has compiled helpful information about renters' rights during the pandemic and has legal aid available for tenants. Learn more

Hennepin County resource helpline
612-348-3000
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
7 days a week
Help available in different languages

If you're affected by COVID-19, you can call this number for help with clothing, financial assistance, grocery and household supplies, medical care and equipment, or medication.


COVID-19 information for people with housing instability

Bathroom, handwashing and shower facilities

Bathroom and handwashing

Bryn Mawr Meadows Park – 601 Morgan Ave. S.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dignity Center – 425 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Hennepin County Government Center – 300 – 6th Street South, Minneapolis
Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marshall Terrace Park – 2740 Marshall Street Northeast
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mueller Park – 2509 Colfax Avenue South
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

South Hennepin County Human Service Center – 2215 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Peace House Community – 1816 Portland Avenue
Weekdays Noon to 3 p.m.

Willard Park – N. 17th Avenue
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bathroom, handwashing and shower

House of Charity 510 – 8th Street South, Minneapolis
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Catholic Charities Adult Opportunity Center - 740 – 17th Street East, Minneapolis
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Handwashing stations

MPLS DID map sites: mplsdid.com/news_article/show/1098002

Hygiene stations

These include portable toilets, handwashing stations, sharps containers, and trash receptacles.

Portable bathroom

Target Field Station - Metro Transit - 335 – 5th Street North, Minneapolis 

The Commons Park - Minneapolis Park Board - 425 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis

Portable bathroom and handwashing

Breakthrough Ministries - 1000 Currie Avenue, Minneapolis

MPLS DID and Salvation Army - 1000 Currie Avenue, Minneapolis

Childcare, rent and food applications

If you already receive cash, SNAP or health care you can keep getting benefits with no additional paperwork

Find current service information provided by Hennepin County, visit hennepin.us/covid-19.

Online

Apply for cash assistance online through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child care or emergency assistance at ApplyMN.

By phone

Apply by phone or get an application mailed to you at 612-596-1300.

Other ways to submit documents

Fax 612-288-2981 or for child care assistance documents fax 612-288-2982. In many cases, paperwork can wait until after the crisis.

Drop boxes

For urgent items, use a drop box:

Domestic Abuse Service Center

Advocacy, orders for protection and safety planning services.

  • Call  612-348-5073
  • Government Center room A0710 - If needed, stop by. There is a conference room with phones to call the services number 612-348-5073.

Day One Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Crisis Line

Emergency shelter access

Single adults

Families

  • 612-348-9410
  • Monday – Friday until 11 p.m.
  • Holidays, weekends and evenings until 11 p.m.: call 2-1-1 (mobile: 651-291-0211) and ask for the after-hours shelter team.

Youth

Visit YSNMN.org

Food

If you need immediate help with food, help applying for food benefits (SNAP) and free meals near you, visit hungersolutions.org.

If you don’t have internet access, call 1-888-711-1151.

  • During school closures – Minneapolis Public Schools: cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/COVID19
  • Download “Free Meals for Kids” mobile app – This app helps families and kids in need to find and access free food at sites across Minnesota. The app is powered by GPS and shows locations of sites that are providing food with days and hours of distribution. It also shows the distance and directions to the nearest site.
  • Give Me The Mike – A growing list of programs and restaurants offering food to families in MN

House of Charity

  • 510 – 8th Street South, Minneapolis
  • Monday – Friday:
    Breakfast: 8:30 – 9 a.m., for women and children only
    Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., open to all
  • Weekends:
    Brunch: Noon to 1 p.m., open to all

Dignity Center

Plymouth Congregational

Healthcare for the Homeless

Call 612-348-5553 to:

  • Access isolation and quarantine spaces if you are sick
  • Speak with a nurse
  • Get guidance for medical professionals and shelter providers
  • Speak with a social worker
  • Discuss mental health needs with a professional
  • Get information about health insurance and benefits
  • Learn more about Healthcare for the Homeless

Internet

Low and no-cost internet.

Landlord-tenant mediation

Legal help

If you need legal assistance with housing, finance, work, benefits, or another matter:

Rent and emergency housing assistance for Hennepin County residents

  • Hennepin County residents who have been financially harmed by COVID-19 can get emergency rental assistance.
  • Hennepin County residents looking to receive help in applying for housing assistance and other housing related services: Tenant Resource Center: 612-302-3180
  • Single adults: Catholic Charities Opportunity Center: 612-204-8273
  • Families: St. Stephen's Human Services: 612-870-2298
  • Youth (under 24) and young families: YMCA Youth Intervention Services: 763-493-3052
  • American Indian families: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center: 612-728-2026
  • North Minneapolis residents: Northpoint Health and Wellness: 612-767-9500. 1256 Penn Ave., N. Suite 5300, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Unemployment insurance

  • If your work hours have been reduced or eliminated, apply for unemployment insurance from the State of Minnesota. The usual waiting period has been waived.
  • If you are sick, quarantined, or home because of an outbreak at your work, you qualify for unemployment.
  • If you stay home due to lack of child care, you may qualify for unemployment.

To apply:

  • English, Spanish, Somali, or Hmong speakers apply online.
  • If you don’t speak English, Spanish, Somali or Hmong or don’t have internet access, call 651-296-3644 and press 1 to request an interpreter

Utilities

Utility companies will work with you on service disconnections and late fees.

  • Xcel Energy (electricity) 1-800-895-4999.
  • CenterPoint Energy (gas) 1-800-245-2377

COVID-19 information for housing and service providers

Sign up for updates about health information for shelter providers.

Health information for shelter providers

Addressing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in your facility

Full guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Shelter staff with symptoms now eligible for COVID-19 testing through Hennepin Healthcare

  • Hennepin Healthcare has expanded eligible groups who qualify for COVID-19 testing to include staff with respiratory symptoms who work at homeless shelters or homeless drop-in centers.
  • People experiencing homelessness living in congregate settings were previously identified as a priority population for testing.
  • Learn more about Hennepin Healthcare's priority population for testing (PDF)

If a resident has symptoms of COVID-19

  • If a resident seeking shelter has flu-like symptoms, including a fever or cough, call Health Care for the Homeless at 612-348-5553. A nurse will help determine next steps.
  • Move them to a separate space within the facility to safely isolate them from other residents and wait while alternative accommodations are arranged.

How high-risk people living in congregate shelter settings are being protected

  • The most important step Hennepin County's shelter response team has taken so far to protect our shelter populations is relocating 231 people identified as high-risk out of our congregate shelter settings into separate accommodations.
  • Staff are working with Healthcare for the Homeless on an ongoing basis to identify especially vulnerable residents, including seniors and people with underlying health conditions, and move them to separate accommodations when possible.

What Minnesota's 'stay-at-home' order means for shelter providers

  • Shelter providers and other staff supporting homelessness programs are considered essential workers under Governor Tim Walz's executive order asking Minnesotan's to stay home unless absolutely necessary. At this time, Hennepin County understands that essential staff whose jobs require them to leave their home are not required to carry a letter or any other type of documentation.
  • County staff will continue to monitor this question and update this list with further or different guidance as it comes.

What Governor Walz's executive order to stay at home mean for people experiencing homelessness

  • People without a home are exempt from the restrictions in Executive Order 20-20, and they may move between emergency shelters, drop-in centers, and encampments. Read the full executive order (PDF).

How to get additional supplies for your facility such as masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes or thermometers

How to prevent the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 in the homeless community

The Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health offer posters and fact sheets you can post and distribute to keep residents informed.

Statewide coordination of COVID-19 response for people experiencing homelessness

  • Providers of services, assistance, and housing for people experiencing homelessness in our community are invited to participate in statewide coordinating webinars on COVID-19 and homelessness.
  • Join staff from counties, tribal nations, continuums of care for the homeless, and other community providers in Minnesota to hear regular updates on the state and local response to COVID-19.
  • Webinars will take place each Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m., beginning Wednesday, March 25. Only one person per agency or program should participate in the webinar.
  • Join the webinar (you need a computer to access the webinar)

Continuity of operations planning

  • Partners and providers are encouraged to review or develop Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) to ensure that services to residents continue if the availability of provider staff is limited by the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
  • For more resources on developing a COOP, visit hennepin.us/hhspartners.

Guidance for in-person service delivery

  • The State of Minnesota sets requirements regarding in-person visits for most services.
  • Providers should watch for communications from the State of Minnesota. Hennepin County is working closely with the State of Minnesota and will share updates as further guidance becomes available. Visit hennepin.us/hhspartners for updates and resources for remote service delivery.

Waivers under peacetime emergency authority, Executive Order 20-12

  • Under the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-12, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporary authority to waive or modify requirements so that the agency and its partners can continue to provide essential programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A list of all waivers and modifications currently in effect is posted at the DHS website. It will be updated as necessary. We encourage you to monitor the DHS website and DHS bulletins.

Child care for homelessness support staff

  • As part of the response to the spread of COVID-19, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has directed schools to provide free child care for emergency workers, including key staff from homelessness programs and emergency shelters. View the full list of qualifying emergency workers (PDF)
  • The Minnesota Department of Education is providing direction to school districts on this process. To arrange free childcare, emergency workers should contact their school district directly. Additional up-to-date information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education's webpage.

For school and child care questions

Questions and updates

Please check this page, as well as hennepin.us/hhspartners for updates and send questions to endhomelessness@hennepin.us.

Additional guidance for housing and service providers

Planning and initiatives

All populations

Coordinating access to homeless prevention resources

Transparent, easy access to prevention resources are critical to helping people avoid eviction or homelessness.

Community agencies in Hennepin County intend to lift the burden of navigating the system off of people in crisis. People with highest needs will be able to access the most appropriate resources for their housing stability.

Using a multi-pronged, diversion-focused approach (PDF) that provides virtual and physical (community-based) tenant resources, we intend to coordinate community-based prevention resources. In addition workforce and county-administered prevention programs will be a critical part of the system.

Contact: Heidi Boyd at heidi.boyd@hennepin.us

Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC)

People of color are dramatically more likely than white people to experience homelessness in the United States. SPARC is a national movement, led by the Center of Social Innovation, that addresses racial disparities through action and research. Hennepin County has joined 6 other communities in an effort to begin a national conversation about racial equity in the homelessness sector.

Contact: David Hewitt at david.hewitt@hennepin.us

Chronic Index

The 'Chronic Index' is a by-name list of people who are experiencing chronic homelessness in Hennepin County (HC) based on Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and provider data. The chronic index is utilized in the Coordinated Entry System (CES) as the primary method of prioritization. The list is maintained Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness. To learn more, click here: Chronic Index

Contact: Mark Legler at mark.legler@hennepin.us

Single adults

Built for Zero

This is a national effort led by the nonprofit Community Solutions. The goal is to end chronic homelessness in Hennepin County using incremental change and current resources.

Hennepin County has participated since June 2018. A small internal team creates and manages goals and projects.

Contact: Danielle Werder at danielle.werder@hennepin.us

Youth

Minor Connect

This program aims to create more effective services for homeless youth ages 15-17.

So far, the program has worked with over 60 youth. We work to reunify minors with their families. We also work to connect them to appropriate resources, shelter and housing.

Partners are the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Hennepin County, and local organizations serving youth experiencing homelessness.

Contact: Paul Minehart at paul.minehart@state.mn.us

Families

Family Shelter Diversion

This program gets families into stable housing without first having to use a shelter.

Since it started in July 2018, the program has diverted 46 families from shelters.

Catholic Charities runs the program, under a contract with the county. The county’s shelter team refers the families to the program.

Contact: Casey Schleisman at casey.schleisman@hennepin.us

Stable Homes, Stable Schools

This program will provide rental assistance to families.

Fifteen K-8 Minneapolis public schools serving high-need families will do most referrals. Rental assistance could help up to 320 families, including almost 650 students. Families will also receive housing readiness and ongoing support. Rental assistance could last up to three years and possibly longer.

Families will also receive services depending on funding.

Partners are the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.

Contact: Casey Schleisman at casey.schleisman@hennepin.us

Completed Planning and Initiatives

Ten-year plan to end homelessness (PDF)

Heading Home Hennepin annual update 2017 (PDF)

Stable Families Initiative outcomes report 2016 (PDF)

Adult Shelter Connect

This provides homeless single adults a single point of entry into shelter. This makes it simpler for homeless single adults to find shelter.

In 2016 five agencies providing emergency shelter for single adults streamlined the entry process. It uses information management, identification cards, bed reservations, and coordinated assignments.

Contact: Danielle Werder at danielle.werder@hennepin.us

Planning and initiatives documents

Shelter redesign plan (DOCX)

Rapid exit and shelter mobility 2011 (PDF)

Housing first program evaluation 2009 (PDF)

System response to end chronic homelessness summary report 2017 (DOC)

Data and research

Current data and trends

Weekly shelter

Monthly chronic homelessness

Quarterly family shelter

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.

The eviction flow illustration (PDF) explores all 4,755 eviction filings in 2018 and documents outcomes at each step of the eviction process.

Housing stability

Homeless response system research

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

Family homelessness research

Youth homelessness research

Evictions research

Governing boards and committees

Executive committee

  • Oversees the homeless response system in Hennepin County
  • Assigns work to operations board and working committees
  • Contact: David Hewitt at david.hewitt@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • Monday, March 16, 2020, 9–10:30 a.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center
    Conference Room C2350

Operations board

Meetings

  • First Monday of the month, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Location to be determined

HUD McKinney Vento CoC funding committee

  • Monitors and evaluates performance of all projects funded by Continuum of Care
  • Solicits new project applications and recommends final funding decisions
  • Contact: Laura DeRosier at laura.derosier@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • First Monday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location to be determined

Data and evaluation committee

  • Makes recommendations to the Continuum of Care Operations Board for Hennepin Continuum of Care’s response to the HMIS Data Quality Framework process
  • Reviews system data to create strategies to move the gage on the HUD System Performance Measures and to update the Continuum of Care Written Standards
  • Committee documents
  • Contact: Laura DeRosier at laura.derosier@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • First Monday of the month 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location to be determined

Membership and nominations committee

  • Annually reviews membership process and application for the Continuum of Care
  • Develops a plan of outreach to the full diversity of stakeholders
  • Committee documents
  • Contact: Eric Richert at eric.richert@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • First Monday of the month 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location to be determined

Homeless prevention and rapid rehousing advisory committee

  • Helps the county develop and oversee homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services
  • Contact: Stacy Sweeney at stacy.sweeney@ymcamn.org

Meetings

  • Third Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • St. Stephen's
    2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

Family coordinated entry leadership committee

Meetings

  • First Tuesday of the month, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Sabathani
    310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

Single adults coordinated entry leadership committee

  • Provides guidance and decisions to successfully operate single adult coordinated entry service
  • Contact: jwagner@rseden.org

Meetings

  • First Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Sabathani
    310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

Shelter efficiency

  • Improves the homeless shelter system for single adults
  • Identifies barriers for single adult shelters and coordinates services
  • Enables more effective community-wide strategies to end homelessness
  • Contact: Danielle Werder at danielle.werder@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • Third Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Simpson Shelter
    2740 First Avenue South, Minneapolis

Employment and income committee

  • Creates strategies to help partners improve employment results for clients
  • Builds awareness of the importance of employment and income in preventing and ending homelessness
  • Contact: Heidi Schmidt Boyd at heidi.boyd@hennepin.us
  • Committee documents

Meetings

  • Meeting time is to be determined
  • Sabathani
    310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

Family service network

  • Works to improve the family support system, focusing on well-being of children who are homeless
  • Identifies more effective community-wide strategies to end homelessness for families
  • Contact: Casey Schleisman at casey.schleisman@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • Meets quarterly on the second Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Various locations

Hennepin County youth collaborative

  • Serves as a forum to frame solutions for youth (ages 16-24) experiencing homelessness
  • Contact: Casey Schleisman at casey.schleisman@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • Third Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • South Hub Hennepin County Human Service Center
    2215 East Lake Street (Room #122), Minneapolis

Youth action board

  • Creates a bridge for those serving youth, youth at-risk, and youth experiencing homeless
  • Contact: Casey Schleisman at casey.schleisman@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • Second Monday of the month, 3–5 p.m.
  • Location is to be determined

The outreach group

  • Serves as a forum for outreach workers to network, work on system issues and form partnerships
  • Contact: Molly Dolan, molly.dolan@hennepin.us

Meetings

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month, 9–10:30 a.m.
  • St. Stephen's
    2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

Single adult collaborative review

Meetings

  • First and third Tuesdays of the month, 11 a.m. to noon
  • St. Olaf Catholic Church (basement meeting room)

FY 2019 notice of funding availability

Grants to reduce homelessness

The county receives federal money to reduce homelessness:

  • 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

2018 grantees

FY2018 grant awards (XLSX)

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