Interagency Council on Homelessness
Stable housing is out of reach for far too many Minnesotans. At least 7,600 Minnesotans experience homelessness on any given night, based on an annual count of people experiencing homelessness. A much larger group of Minnesotans are precariously housed, and may be only a crisis away from experiencing homelessness. With little disposable income and too much income going towards housing, a family is forced to make difficult decisions, often sacrificing meals, medicine or safe child care for a place to live. Even with careful planning, a single health, employment or transportation crisis could result in homelessness.
Minnesotans need stable homes to sustain health, employment, connection to community, and overall well-being. In short, stable housing provides a critical platform for success. Without it, children, adults, families and communities suffer.
Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
Housing instability and homelessness undermine Minnesota’s efforts to improve educational outcomes for children, build a stronger workforce, improve health, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. This strategic plan, Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, is a direct response to these challenges.
Heading Home advances the vision of housing stability for all Minnesotans while focusing on solving the most egregious form of housing instability: homelessness. It recognizes that by preventing and ending homelessness, we will create a foundation for success for a broad spectrum of Minnesotans whose housing stability is continually at risk.
Results have been promising:
While there has been progress, Minnesota still has a long way to go. In the fall of 2017, Minnesota will be updating Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness for the next two to three years.
In February 2017, the MN Interagency Council will launch Heading Home Together: Minnesota’s Statewide Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness 2018-2020.
About the Interagency Council on Homelessness
The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness is comprised of 11 State agencies, the Met Council and the Governor’s Office and is accountable for leading the State’s efforts to achieve Housing Stability for all Minnesotans. Council members include:
- Department of Education
- Department of Employment and Economic Development
- Department of Public Safety
- Department of Health
- Department of Human Rights
- Department of Human Services
- Office of Higher Education
- Department of Corrections
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Minnesota Housing
- Department of Transportation
- Office of Governor Mark Dayton
- The Metropolitan Council