Minnesota Homeless Fund

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EVERY MINNESOTAN DESERVES A SAFE, WARM PLACE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT, BUT ON ANY GIVEN WINTER NIGHT, MORE THAN 1,600 PEOPLE SLEEP OUTSIDE.

The Walz-Flanagan Administration issued a call-to-action to bring more people inside, launching the Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative.

In response, the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation set up the Minnesota Homeless Fund to assemble resources from philanthropy, corporate donors and public entities. The fund will provide nimble funding for crisis response, shelter and low-barrier affordable housing across the state.

What We Can Do Together

Minnesotans need stable homes and shelter to sustain health, employment, connection to community and overall well-being. Nearly 8,000 Minnesotans are experiencing homelessness, with more than 1,600 people sleeping outside on any given night – a number that has doubled since 2015.

Mother and child

To help end this crisis occurring in our state, we need your help. Your financial commitments will increase shelter space, expand the network of low-barrier affordable housing, extend hours and enhance staffing to support our neighbors who are sleeping outside.

We also need our communities on the front lines to help us identify opportunities to support efforts and increase capacity through this fund. Examples of work we fund across the state include:

  • Crisis response needs
  • Operational costs (staffing, etc.)
  • Capital projects (increasing capacity of existing shelters and affordable housing, new shelter or affordable housing projects)

Advisory Committee

Donations will be pooled and managed by the fund’s transparent advisory committee that includes representatives from the public and private sectors, including individuals who have experienced homelessness themselves. We will work with members of the community to best determine how funds are distributed in collaboration with donors.

  • Robert Lilligren, Advisory Committee chair, Metropolitan Council member and Committee Chair of Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
  • Eliza Chlebeck, Andersen Corporation Director of Community & Communications
  • Jennifer DeCubellis, Hennepin County Health & Human Services
  • Paul Fleissner, Olmsted County
  • Michael Goze, American Indian Community Development Corporation
  • Abby Guilford, Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care
  • Sue Haigh, Consultant
  • Tony LookingElk, Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Tim Marx, Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • Ann Mulholland, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • Rhonda Otteson, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director
  • Patty Pannkuk, Wells Fargo
  • Sophie Rich, U.S. Bank
  • Alaina Song Brave, Lived Experience Representative
  • George Stone, Washington County

Get Involved

Are you looking to get involved with the Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative? Do you have resources to donate to the initiative? Do you have a project that can bring Minnesotans inside?

Reach out to Sue Haigh

Suehaigh51@gmail.com

651-283-1984