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
Heading Home Together: Minnesota’s 2018-2020 Action Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness aspires to be a plan of, by, and for all Minnesotans. Previous versions of Heading Home have been focused on what state agencies can do. For 2018-2020, the plan aspires to be something greater: a plan that all Minnesotans can take part in – from education professionals to business people to service providers to philanthropy to local government to concerned citizens. This plan acknowledges that we all have a role to play to prevent and end homelessness in Minnesota.
The specific content of the plan reflects local practitioner knowledge, the insights of people with lived experience of homelessness, Federal policy requirements and guidance, and extensive input from stakeholders all across Minnesota.
Results have been promising:
Minnesotans Experiencing Homelessness: By Population Goal
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 Minnesota 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 Revenue
- Department of Management and Budget
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Minnesota Housing
- Department of Transportation
- Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan
- The Metropolitan Council