According to the 2015 Wilder Foundation Homelessness Survey, there are 1,618 people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County on any given night. This is far too many people but the good news is that we are starting to see a decline in the number of people experiencing homelessness, 16% since 2009. While there are many reasons for this decline, one solution to ending homelessness stands out above the others – supportive housing or housing with services designed to address the causes and the trauma associated with homelessness.
House of Charity’s Housing Programs provide various lengths of stay and levels of service to single adults who are working to attain suitable long-term housing. With staff support, clients tackle the barriers that keep them from maintaining housing stability.
Individuals wishing to enter House of Charity’s Housing must be referred by a case manager, outreach worker, or other professional. Priority is given to individuals who have chronic psychological or physical health issues, difficulty meeting basic needs, or are vulnerable to exploitation.
Most of our referrals come from Hennepin Health and St. Stephen’s Street Outreach. We also take referrals from the County Veterans Services Officer, emergency shelters, and county social workers.