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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  • Emergency programs: emergency shelter, housing cost assistance and other short-term aid
  • Hennepin Waypoint: basic need resources and services
  • YSN: services for youth experiencing homelessness
  • Hennepin Housing Key: an interactive, online system where you can find housing that comes with client focused services.
  • Housing Link: simple way to search for affordable housing
  • Coordinated Entry: information about potential housing options for individuals in shelters or places not meant for human habitation

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Real-time homeless counts

Housing stability

Family homelessness research

Youth homelessness research

Evictions research

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.

Governing boards and committees

Executive committee

  • Oversees the homeless response system in Hennepin County
  • Assigns work to operations board and working committees
  • Meeting time: November 15, 9–10:30 a.m.
  • Location: City Hall, Room 333
  • Contact: David Hewitt at

Operations board

  • Ensures HUD requirements, critical tasks and initiatives are put into action
  • Meeting time: First Monday of the month, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Location: To be determined
  • Committee documents
  • Contact: Laura DeRosier at

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
  • Meeting time: First Monday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: To be determined
  • Contact: Laura DeRosier at

Homeless prevention and rapid rehousing advisory committee

  • Helps the county develop and oversee homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services
  • Meeting time: Third Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: St. Stephen's, 2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis
  • Contact: Stacy Sweeney at

Family coordinated entry leadership committee

  • Ensures consistent application of coordinated entry policies, procedures and
  • Ensures high quality service for persons and families in a housing crisis
  • Meeting time: First Tuesday of the month, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Sabathani, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis
  • Contact: Laurel Lilligren at

Single adults coordinated entry leadership committee

  • Provides guidance and decisions to successfully operate single adult coordinated entry service
  • Meeting time: Third Monday of the month, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Location: To be determined
  • Contact:

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
  • Meeting time: Third Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Simpson Shelter, 2740 First Avenue South, Minneapolis
  • Contact: Danielle Werder at

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
  • Meeting time: To be determined
  • Committee documents
  • Location: Sabathani, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis
  • Contact: Heidi Schmidt Boyd at

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
  • Meeting time: Second Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: To be determined
  • Contact: Casey Schleisman at

Hennepin County youth collaborative

  • Serves as a forum to frame solutions for youth (ages 16-24) experiencing homelessness
  • Meeting time: Third Friday of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Sabathani, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis
  • Contact: Casey Schleisman at

Youth action board

  • Creates a bridge for those serving youth, youth at-risk, and youth experiencing homeless
  • Meeting time: Second Monday of the month, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Location: To be determined
  • Contact: Casey Schleisman at

The outreach group

  • Serves as a forum for outreach workers to network, work on system issues and form partnerships
  • Meeting time: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: St. Stephen's, 2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis
  • Contact:

Single adult collaborative review

  • Provides case consultation using the chronic index
  • Meeting time: First and Third Tuesdays of the month, 11 a.m. to noon
  • Location: St. Olaf Catholic Church (basement meeting room)
  • Contact Sarah Broich at

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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