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POLICY 40

Homelessness: Eliminate homelessness through safe, stable, and affordable housing opportunities and strategies for homeless youth, singles, and families.

Homelessness primarily results from a shortage of housing for households at or below 30 percent of area median income. This affordable housing shortage, along with lack of employment, chronic physical and mental health conditions, domestic abuse and the ripple effects caused by discrimination in housing and other systemic inequities, results in higher rates of homelessness, dislocation, and crowded and unsafe living conditions for thousands of residents annually – and it disproportionately impacts communities of color: African-Americans make up 61 percent of Hennepin County’s homeless adults but only 12 percent of adults countywide. Native Americans make up 12 percent of Hennepin County’s homeless adults, compared with only 1 percent of adults countywide. At the state level, Native Americans make up 8 percent of homeless adults, compared with 1 percent of adults statewide. Children and youth age 24 and younger are also more likely to be homeless in Minnesota.

Stable and safe housing is at the core of efforts to prevent and eliminate homelessness.  Minneapolis collaborates with a variety of entities to develop strategies and programs to prevent homelessness and to help those experiencing homelessness. Important strategies include efforts to prevent evictions, provide timely emergency rental assistance, and provide community and home-based supports.

When a housing crisis does occur, the emergency shelter system should work to make a bout of homelessness as brief as possible and, once resolved, to prevent a return to homelessness. This requires tremendous coordination among many partners and programs.

Homelessness affects the lives of many people who do not have a stable and permanent housing situation. This diverse population includes families with children, unaccompanied youth & young adults, LGBTQ+, those chronically ill, single adults, fixed-income seniors, non-traditional families, victims of human trafficking, veterans, individuals released from prison, and those displaced due to domestic violence; each requiring different kinds of resources and care. People experiencing homelessness may continue in that state without help from a regional support network and housing assistance.

As a city we are experiencing a shortage of housing for households at or below 30 percent of area median income. The matter intensifies for those who may face a lack of employment, chronic physical and mental health conditions, violence, trauma and/or the lack of transportation to access a job, appointments, or support services such as child care and counseling. This results in higher rates of homelessness, dislocation, and crowded and unsafe living conditions for thousands of residents annually – and it disproportionately impacts communities of color and indigenous people.

 

Access to stable and safe housing that people can afford and essential support services are at the core of city efforts to prevent and eliminate homelessness. Minneapolis will strengthen coordination with local and regional partners within the seven county Metropolitan Council to develop unified goals, strategies, and programs to prevent homelessness and to help those experiencing homelessness, acknowledging that this issue is not confined by municipal boundaries. Important strategies include efforts to prevent tenant evictions, provide timely response to emergency rental assistance and other housing crisis, while providing community and home-based supports. 

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to eliminate homelessness through safe, stable, and affordable housing opportunities and strategies for homeless youth, singles, and families.

  1. Continue to support collaboration with Hennepin County and the community to financially support and develop strategies to address and prevent homelessness Strengthen the City’s coordination with local and regional partners within the seven county Metropolitan Council and local service providers to have a strong regional network, aligned with state goals, to financially support and develop strategies to address and prevent homelessness.
  2. Ensure that City housing programs are aligned with county and state goals to end homelessness.
  3. Support safe emergency shelter options Prioritize the enhancement of local shelter safety methods and systems.
  4. Strengthen City efforts to engage directly with people experiencing homelessness to understand their stories and situations and focus on improving their health and safety by supporting the Minneapolis Police Department homeless and vulnerable population initiative, street outreach services, and other engagement efforts.
  5. Support and expand low barrier housing opportunities to better serve households with criminal and credit reports through rental housing that serves tenants with the greatest barriers to securing housing, such as having no or very low income, poor rental history and past evictions, or criminal histories.
  6. Collaborate with local and regional partners within the seven county Metropolitan Council to expand housing programs beyond those that serve families to address other populations such as transitional supportive services for young adults aging out of the foster care system.
  7. Deepen the connections between employment and training efforts and homeless and housing programs.*

    *This action step was moved or removed in response to comments received or for clarification purposes.

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