Every person needs housing, as a vital building block to a successful life. Hennepin County puts limited staff and money to use in the best possible way, so the most vulnerable, disabled and impoverished residents can get into and stay in their housing.
In 2017 we started focusing on the problem “up-stream,” to help people avoid homelessness in the first place. We work to make as much housing as possible available to people who need it. We prioritize staff and programs. We enable people to more fully earn an income, so they can pay for housing.
Hennepin County now focuses on housing stability - helping people get and maintain their housing.
Housing stability in Hennepin County (PDF)
Status of housing in Hennepin County (PPT)
University of Minnesota Capstone research
Hennepin County works with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs to evaluate and research critical issues, including housing and homelessness.
Risk of becoming homeless in Hennepin County - 2012 (PDF)
Preserving Home: Improving Eviction Prevention in Minnesota (PDF)
Evictions in Minneapolis (PDF)
Carlson School Presentation on Model to Predict Evictions Among County Clients April 2018 (PPT)
Final report from Carlson School on Predicting Evictions Among County Clients April 2018 (PDF)
Humphrey Capstone Presentation on evictions May 2018 (PPT)
Humphrey Report Eviction and Homelessness May 2018 (PDF)
Hennepin County, with funding from the McKnight Foundation, developed an interactive eviction dashboard to explore when, where, and how eviction filings and judgments happened in the county. The dashboard demonstrates that evictions, while happening county-wide, are more prevalent in lower income and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. This tool was developed to assist the county and community partners in preventing evictions, and for the general public to understand where evictions happen in their communities.
View the dashboard.
Heading Home Hennepin
Heading Home Hennepin was a 10-year plan created in 2006 to end homelessness by 2016. Led by Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis’ joint Office to End Homelessness, it became a model for similar initiatives nationwide.
A group made up of diverse representatives created the plan. It included people from federal, state and local governments, business, nonprofit, faith and philanthropic communities, and homeless and formerly homeless residents. In addition, hundreds of business, faith, philanthropic, government and advocacy leaders championed the plan.
Ten-year plan to end homelessness (PDF)