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The Minnesota Business Plan To End Long-Term Homelessness CURA Forum December 9, 2005. Presentation Outline. Homelessness in Minnesota Homeless Long-Term Homeless Ending Long-Term Homelessness: Business and Financing Plan Implementing the Plan Current Status: Report Card and Issues.

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presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Homelessness in Minnesota
    • Homeless
    • Long-Term Homeless
  • Ending Long-Term Homelessness: Business and Financing Plan
  • Implementing the Plan
  • Current Status: Report Card and Issues
homeless in minnesota
Homeless in Minnesota
  • A homeless person is one who
  • Lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; or
  • Lives in a supervised, temporary living accommodation (shelters/transitional housing); or
  • Has a nighttime residence in a place not meant for human habitation (e.g. under bridge or in car).
homeless in minnesota cont d
Homeless in Minnesota (cont’d)
  • Over 20,000 homeless and precariously housed on any given night
  • 8,800 to 8,900 homeless (either in shelter or on the street)
  • 7,811 counted on October 23, 2003, including
    • 2,862 children with their parents
    • 175 unaccompanied youth (under 18)

All data provided by Wilder Research Center.

long term homeless
Long-Term Homeless
  • In Minnesota, a person or family is considered “long-term homeless” if the person or family:
  • Has been homeless for one year or more, or
  • Has had four or more episodes of homelessness in the past three years.
long term homeless cont d
Long-Term Homeless (cont’d)
  • Description of Population
    • 52% have mental illness
    • 33% have chemical dependency problem
    • 24% have dual diagnosis (MI and CD)
    • 16% are veterans
    • 24% have history of being victimized by domestic violence
    • 25% have criminal history that affected their housing
  • A Supportive Housing Strategy
    • Housing with supports
    • Multiple models
    • Based on best practices
business plan background
Business Plan: Background
  • March 2003: Workgroup established by legislature at request of the Governor
  • Workgroup includes public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Business Plan to End Long-Term Homelessness completed in March 2004
business plan the basics
Business Plan: The Basics
  • Strategy: Supportive Housing
    • Single-site and scattered site
    • Singles and families
    • Variety of models, including “Housing First”
  • Goal: Create 4,000 additional supportive housing opportunities for households experiencing long-term homelessness
  • Successful projects require:
    • Capital
    • Operating Subsidy (Rental Assistance)
    • Services
business and financing plan summary
Business and Financing Plan Summary

Financing Plan Estimate (2004 - 2010) for 4,000 Units(in millions)

primary current funding sources
Primary Current Funding Sources
  • MHFA
    • Housing Trust Fund $25 million
    • “Agency” bond fund resources $50 million
    • Private Tax Credit Equity $60 million
  • Department of Human Services
    • Supportive Services Fund $10 million
    • Mainstream Funding
  • Federal
    • McKinney-Vento $22+ million (2004)
    • Earmarks
  • Local/Philanthropic
phase in schedule
Phase-In Schedule

* Years of the next comprehensive statewide survey on homelessness

Source: Report and Business Plan of the Working Group on Long-Term Homelessness, page 64.

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Implementing the Business Plan

  • Continued collaboration and silo busting
  • Accountability and Transparency
    • A Director for Ending Long-Term Homelessness leads plan implementation
    • Reports to 3 state agencies
    • Rigorous, specific work plan and goals, and weekly high level meetings
    • Broad based Advisory Council established
  • Persistence
ending long term homelessness advisory council
Ending Long-Term Homelessness Advisory Council
  • Roles:
  • Provide advice
  • Advocate for implementation of Business Plan
  • Hold leaders accountable
  • Membership:
  • Counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Blue Earth, Dakota
  • Cities: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, League of Cities
  • State: DHS, DOC, MHFA, DVA
  • Housing Agencies: St. Cloud, St. Paul, Minneapolis
  • Federal Government: HUD
  • Developers
  • Business Community (Business Partnership, Downtown Council)
  • Nonprofit Community (Housing Managers and Service Providers
  • Funders
  • Faith Community
report card
Report Card
  • 2004
  • Goal 200 units funded
  • 12/31/04 274 units funded
  • 2005
  • Goal 600 units funded
  • 10/31/04 669 units funded
2005 legislation budget
2005 Legislation (Budget)
  • Bonding: $12 million ($20 million in Governor’s budget)
  • Housing Trust Fund: $4 million (Governor’s budget)
  • Supportive Services Fund: $10 million (Governor’s budget)
  • Adolescent Transition: $2.2 million (Governor’s budget)
  • Homeless Outreach: $400,000 (Initiated by MN Coalition for the Homeless)
  • Housing for Offenders: $2.7 million (Governor’s budget)
status current issues
Status/Current Issues
  • Costs of Construction
  • RFP for Service Funding
  • Monitoring of Projects (new and ongoing); addressing issues
  • Federal role
  • Prevention
ending long term homelessness
Ending Long-Term Homelessness
  • Questions and Follow-Up
  • Laura Kadwell
  • Minnesota Director for Ending Long-Term Homelessness
  • Email: laura.kadwell@state.mn.us
  • For more information go to: www.mhfa.state.mn.us
  • The Business Plan can be found at:
  • http://www.mhfa.state.mn.us/about/homeless_business_plan.pdf