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Homelessness and Housing Assistance

Helping families meet housing and daily needs.

Economic Assistance
Minnesota offers economic assistance for qualifying families to assist them as they go to work, look for work or attend school. This assistance includes help with:


Minnesota Housing
Minnesota Housing is the state’s housing finance agency. For more than 40 years, they have worked to provide access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and to build stronger communities across the state. Visit their website for information about local rent assistance.


Housing Benefits 101
Housing Benefits 101 (HB101) helps people who need affordable housing and the resources to maintain that housing, understand the range of housing options, and support services available. HB101 can help you make choices about where you want to live. It can also help you figure out a long-term housing plan that works for you, and the steps to move toward your housing goals.


Continuums of Care
A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. Minnesota has 10 Continuums of Care. The CoC Coordinators are experts on the housing and services available in their region of the state, and are great resources! Visit the Minnesota Housing website for a contact list and map of all the CoC Coordinators for each region.


Refugee Assistance
The refugee resettlement program helps refugees transition to life in the United States. Services include:

  • Resettlement and placement
  • Economic supports such as cash, food, and health care
  • Employment and social services

For refugee services, contact one of the voluntary resettlement agencies, known as VOLAGS.


United Way 211
United Way 2-1-1 offers free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. This resource is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need.


Day One Hotline
As part of its Day One services, victims of domestic or sexual violence or human trafficking can call 1.866.223.1111 to connect with housing and support.


Children’s Defense Fund Bridge to Benefits Tool
Bridge to Benefits is a resource to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.


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.

Visit HHM’s Contact page to see all the heading home information for each region and Tribal Nation.


Homeless School Liaisons
By federal law, every school district in the nation must designate a liaison for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act requires liaisons to ensure that homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel and through coordination with other entities and agencies. The purpose of identification is to offer appropriate services to the family, child or youth.

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