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      Working to Address Homelessness Among Minnesota Veterans

      Posted on November 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Rendering for new homeless veterans supportive housing development on the VA Medical Campus in St. Cloud

      Rendering for new homeless veterans supportive housing development on the VA Medical Campus in St. Cloud

      The Dayton Administration recently announced a $20.4 million Minnesota Housing Finance project that will help homeless veterans find support and housing. The grant will create nearly 100 units of permanent supportive rental housing for veterans who have experienced homelessness. In St. Cloud, the funding will create 35 new housing units on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical campus and another 58 units will be created by renovating five historic buildings at Fort Snelling's upper post in Minneapolis.

      The veterans housing developments are part of $134 million in housing awards from Minnesota Housing to build, preserve and support affordable housing across the state. These developments were made possible in part by the 2012 bonding bill, which included $30 million in Housing Infrastructure bond proceeds, including more than $9 million to build the veterans developments.

      “From rehabilitating historic buildings at Fort Snelling for homeless veterans to preserving critical affordable housing in greater Minnesota, we are able to help fill critical gaps in housing,” said Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal. “The impact of the total leverage created by the $134 million housing investment will create more than 4,500 jobs and will assist nearly 3,100 households across the state.”

      Furthering Minnesota’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness, a new State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness was announced this week. Cathy ten Broeke will staff The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness,*  coordinating efforts across nine state agencies to prevent and end homelessness  Under ten Broke’s direction, the Council will work with community homelessness organizations to promote innovation, efficiencies and best practices in programs serving individuals and households experiencing homelessness.

      For the last six years ten Broeke has been the Director of the Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness. She is currently completing a temporary assignment as a Senior Policy Advisor for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and will begin her new duties in January.

      * The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness is a council of state leaders of various agencies whose work impacts homelessness including Minnesota Housing and the departments of human services, corrections, veterans’ affairs, employment and economic development, education, health and public safety, as well as the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.