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Poverty 2014 Young and Old. Do we have the skill? Do we have the will?. Seniors and Poverty. 1 in 10 (9%) FPN 1 in 7 (15%) SPM 4.8 Food Insecure 33% Increase in Homeless Seniors. Causes of Senior Poverty. Creating a Plan of Action. What will we do?. Readings.

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Do we have the skill?

Do we have the will?

seniors and poverty
Seniors and Poverty

1 in 10 (9%) FPN

1 in 7 (15%) SPM

4.8 Food Insecure

33% Increase in Homeless Seniors


So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America by Peter Edelman

The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David Shipler

the link brief overview
The Link-Brief Overview
  • Housing & Homeless Youth Services: 4 Housing Programs for Homeless Youth (Lincoln Place, Lindquist Apartments, Housing First Program & TLP for a total of 138 Units)
  • Juvenile Justice Alternative Programs: School Matters, Juvenile Supervision Center, Evening Reporting Center
  • Safe Harbor Emergency Shelter and Housing for Sex Trafficked Youth
why are youth at risk of poverty
Why are youth at risk of poverty?
  • They may be born into poverty through their parents/care giver’s economic status.
  • They are young and do not have the ability to work full time due to their age and school obligations.
  • Lack of employment history due to age-have a harder time finding higher paying employment opportunities (older youth).
current numbers still more work to do
Current Numbers-Still more work to do…

Number of Children/Youth Living in Poverty in Minnesota

6% of the Child Population is Living in Poverty (200,000 in 2010)

20% of Children in Ramsey County are living in Poverty

36% City of Minneapolis

21% Blue Earth County

28% Beltrami County

Children’s Defense Fund, 2013

Number of Homeless Children/Youth in Minnesota On Any Given Night

  • 2,211 unaccompanied homeless youth under the age of 18
  • 1,869 between the ages of 18 and 21.
  • A total of 4,080 youth are homeless each night

Wilder Research Center, 2013

racial sexual orientation and gender identity disparities
Racial, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Disparities
  • Half of all of the African American and American Indian children in the state of Minnesota are living in poverty.(U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey)
  • African American children in Minnesota make up 7% of the general population but 46% of the children who are living in poverty.
  • American Indian children make up 1% of the general child population in Minnesota but account for 49% of children living in poverty.
racial sexual orientation and gender identity disparities1
Racial, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Disparities
  • In the metro area 54% are African American (when only 8% of the general youth population is).
  • In Greater Minnesota 32% are Native American (when only 2% of the general youth population is).
  • 20-40% identify as GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender) v. 3-5% of the general youth population.

Wilder Research Center 2013 and Multiple Other Sources

current initiatives federal examples
Current Initiatives: Federal Examples
  • Fostering Connections Act
  • Educational Training Voucher Program
  • SELF Program
  • Family Unification Program Vouchers
  • Federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
  • Head Start & Early Head Start
  • McKinney Vento Law
current initiatives state
Current Initiatives: State
  • Homeless Youth Act
  • Safe Harbor Law/No Wrong Door Response for Sexually Exploited Youth
  • Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth Program
  • Rural Homeless Youth Listening Sessions Project (partnership with Otto Bremer Foundation)
  • State Plan to End Homelessness
  • Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program
  • Healthy Transitions to Adulthood Program
current initiatives local examples
Current Initiatives: Local Examples
  • Heading Home Plans
  • Hennepin County No Wrong Door for Sexually Exploited Youth Plan
  • Metro Youth Systems Redesign Project
  • Stable Families Initiative Pilot
  • Many Community Action Agencies are starting to develop youth specific programming (AEOA, Lakes & Pines, Scott Carver CAP, Lakes & Prairies)
resources and research
Resources and Research

Children’s Defense Fund, 2013 Minnesota Kids Count:


Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless website www.mnhomelesscoalition.org

No Wrong Door Legislative Report: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/forms-documents/Documents/!2012%20Safe%20Harbor%20Report%20(FINAL).pdf

Wilder Research Center website www.wilder.org

Youth Moving Forward, www.youthmovingforward.org

thank you
Thank You!

Jim Scheibel

Honorary Professor of Practice

Hamline University

School of Business



Beth Holger-Ambrose

Executive Director

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