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1 Ending Homelessness in Minnesota Cathy ten Broeke State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness

2 One Night Study – Wilder Research 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 2 10,214 3,546

3 Who is homeless in Minnesota? Nearly half of all people homeless in the state are children and youth (46%) Adult males (22 or older) make up 29% of all people experiencing homelessness in the state Adult Females (22 or older) make up 25% of all people experiencing homelessness in the state 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 3

4 Changes since the 2009 study 6% increase since 2009 More older adults More children Drop in homeless veterans and long term homeless single adults 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 4

5 What has not changed? Inability to afford housing Long-term health issues Violence and exploitation Traumatic experiences in childhood Transition years (15-21) are time of greatest risk Racial disparities 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 5

6 Not enough affordable housing 40% of study participants on waiting list 15% more cannot get on because they are closed 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 6

7 Housing affordability gap Monthly median income Metro $381 Greater MN $403 Fair market rent Metro $745 Greater MN $531 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 7

8 Chronic health conditions are common 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 8 55% 51% 22%

9 Violence towards homeless women Homeless women report: 48% have stayed in an abusive relationship 27% left last housing because of abuse 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 9

10 Youth on their own age 21 and younger account for 1,151 homeless 58% have been in placement 55% have been abused or neglected 60% of youth have had at least one parent incarcerated 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 10

11 Racial disparities 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 11

12 What do we know today? Recession has had a big impact There is not enough affordable housing Many who are homeless today have barriers to living independently The path to adulthood is rocky for some youth Poverty is still concentrated among people of color, disparities are still large 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 12

13 What gives us hope? Some improvement among groups targeted for solutions Single long-term homeless adults Veterans Children are able to get to and stay in school Newly allocated money in Minnesota for housing Solutions that address systems, not just individuals 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 13

14 The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness  Corrections  Education  Employment and Economic Development  Health  Higher Education  Housing  Human Rights  Human Services  Public Safety  Transportation  Veterans Affairs  Governor’s Office Vision: Prevent and End Homelessness for All Minnesotans 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 14

15 Why is this important for Minnesota? Housing stability is a platform for better educational outcomes for our children, a stronger workforce both now and in the future, increased public safety, better health, reduced health care costs, and reduced disparities among populations. 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 15

16 What do we mean by “ending” homelessness? “Ending Homelessness” means that we will prevent homelessness whenever possible and if a family or individual does become homeless we will have a crisis response system to assess their needs and provide them the opportunity to quickly access stable housing. It does not mean that no one ever again will experience homelessness. 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 16

17 What can we do? Prevent homelessness whenever possible, especially attransition points from adult and youth systems of care. Prevent homelessness whenever possible, especially at transition points from adult and youth systems of care. Reduce barriers and increase access to mainstream resources(health care, disability, public housing, TANF, etc.) for peopleat-risk or experiencing homelessness. Reduce barriers and increase access to mainstream resources (health care, disability, public housing, TANF, etc.) for people at-risk or experiencing homelessness. Improve effectiveness of existing resources by improving thecoordination/compatibility of resources so that assistanceprovided best meets the needs of the individual or family. Improve effectiveness of existing resources by improving the coordination/compatibility of resources so that assistance provided best meets the needs of the individual or family. Improve targeting of existing resources to ensure that we areutilizing existing resources in the most effective ways possible.Highest cost, most in-depth services should be targeted topeople who need them the most. Improve targeting of existing resources to ensure that we are utilizing existing resources in the most effective ways possible. Highest cost, most in-depth services should be targeted to people who need them the most. 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 17

18 What can we do? Improve our data, both quality and access, and use it to drivepolicy. Improve our data, both quality and access, and use it to drive policy. Reduce disparities through culturally responsible actions andapproaches. Reduce disparities through culturally responsible actions and approaches. Increase investments in what we know works (evidence-basedsolutions), such as housing with services. Increase investments in what we know works (evidence-based solutions), such as housing with services. Align with and build on our work with the Federal plan (toleverage additional resources) and local community and tribalplans to end homelessness. Align with and build on our work with the Federal plan (to leverage additional resources) and local community and tribal plans to end homelessness. Increase public education/information, awareness, andengagement. Increase public education/information, awareness, and engagement. 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 18

19 Contact Information: Cathy ten Broeke Cathy.tenbroeke@state.mn.us 651-248-5799 2013 HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM 19


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