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1 Homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County Lisa Thornquist Office to End Homelessness

2 2000+ people in shelter each night in Hennepin County

3 Heading Home Hennepin Commission did work in 100 days Approved by Minneapolis City Council and Hennepin County Board of Commissioners Executive committee made up of stakeholders Small staff to implement the plan

4 Commission members Faith Community Leaders Business Leaders Elected Officials Government Officials Service Providers Philanthropic Leaders People Experiencing Homelessness

5 Heading Home Hennepin Plan Prevention Outreach Housing Self-support Service delivery Systems improvement

6 Mission and Vision Our vision is that by the year 2016, all people facing homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County will have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing and the resources and supports needed to sustain it. Our mission is to effectively end homelessness over the next decade

7 Implementation of Heading Home Hennepin

8 Focus on models that are innovative and effective Focus on solutions that are sustainable with outcomes that are data driven Change business practice to add housing as an element Change language from managing to ending homelessness

9 Street Outreach Partner with Mpls police to respond to livability issues. Housing people who are unsheltered Reduction in street count

10 Frequent Users Service Enhancement (FUSE) Focus on highest users of shelter and jail Housing as a solution Results: reductions in both systems There was a total reduction of 1,704 less shelter nights (a 43% reduction) and 700 less nights spend in the Hennepin County Jail (39% reduction) between the Pre and POST periods. -Baiocchi and Whetstone, 2010

11 Downtown 100 Focus on most arrests in downtown Mpls Social services part of solutions 78% reduction in new arrests

12 Currie Avenue Partnership (CAP) Leveraged state funding Partnership with business and faith communities Moved into housing Saw reduction in long term shelter stayers

13 Top 51 Focus on highest shelter users. Not engaged in services Partnership btwn social services & county. Focus is housing

14 Find Out More Lisa Thornquist


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