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About Heading Home Minnesota

Heading Home Minnesota (HHM) is a coordinated public-private partnership to end homelessness in Minnesota. HHM is the umbrella for the new Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and all local plans to end homelessness. Eight counties (Anoka, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Saint Louis, Scott-Carver, and Steele), six regions of the state (Northeast, Northwest, West Central, Central, Southeast, and Southwest) and seven tribal nations (Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and White Earth) have developed and are implementing local plans to end homelessness in their communities.  

Strategic Priorities

Housing Stability for all Minnesotans.

  • Prevent and end homelessness for families with children and unaccompanied youth by 2020.
  • Finish the job of ending homelessness for veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness by 2015.

History

HHM began in 2004 with the Minnesota's Business Plan to end long-term homelessness, which Minnesota Housing and its partners successfully completed in November 2013 by funding the last of 4,000 housing opportunities called for in the plan.  Following release of the state plan, several philanthropic leaders formed a “Partners Fund” to support the work to end homelessness.  Led by the Frey  Foundation, these funders have contributed a total of $3.9 million over the ensuing eight years. In 2010, the State published Heading Home Roadmap to Ending Homelessness.  The Roadmap drew ideas from local and regional plans to set the stage for the next State plan.

In 2013, the State put new energy behind its work to end homelessness by reconstituting the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness (MICH), to include eleven Commissioners and the Governor’s Chief of Staff.  Chaired by Commissioners Tingerthal of Minnesota Housing and Jesson of the Department of Human Services, the Council has built on past success to develop a plan that will take the State to a new level in its work to prevent and end homelessness in Minnesota.  The Interagency Council Plan focuses on housing stability as the foundation for the State’s goals of a Minnesota whose residents are healthy, educated, and employed.

Partners

  • Private Sector: The Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative includes many of the State’s most recognized foundations and intermediaries.  By marshaling resources and aligning investments, collaborative members amplify the work of public agencies and the private and philanthropic sectors to replace the revolving door of housing instability with a front door to a safe, stable home for all Minnesotans. Heading Home Minnesota Statewide Director Laura Kadwell directs the work of the Funders Collaborative.
     
  • Public Sector: The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness leads the State’s work to prevent and end homelessness through the collaboration of 11 state agencies. The purpose of the Council is to maximize and align state resources. Cathy ten Broeke, State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness, directs the work of the Interagency Council.

The Heading Home Minnesota Coordinators Council brings together the staff leaders of all state, county, and regional plans to end homelessness.  The purpose of the Council is to maximize and align state resources and identify systems improvements to prevent and end homelessness. Collectively, the Council generates new strategies to prevent and end homelessness.