The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless works to ensure every person has a safe, decent, affordable place to call home.
Thank you for supporting the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless this year. We have a few updates to share, starting with exciting news.
In October, we accepted the prestigious 2013 Nonprofit Mission Award, presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. The award recognizes the commitment and passion of people like you-- the community of citizens who believe lasting change is possible.
As a donor, you are the backbone of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. Your contributions provide the flexible funding needed for broad-based advocacy. Thank you.
In 2013, your support helped the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless co-lead the Homes for All campaign at the State Capitol.Together, with dozens of partners, we secured an additional $33 million for homelessness prevention and affordable housing. As a result, thousands of children, youth, and families will receive immediate help (through services like temporary shelter) and we're investing in long-term solutions: homes Minnesotans can afford.
This is a big step in the right direction, but there's lots of work ahead. As we reach the five year anniversary of the economic collapse, it's clear that our poorest neighbors are still struggling.
A new report by Wilder Research estimates 14,000 Minnesotans are homeless on any given night: a record. About half of all homeless Minnesotans are babies, children, or young adults. This is shameful.
At the same time, there are signs of hope. Minnesota is leading the nation in reducing veteran homelessness and chronic street homelessness in Minneapolis. This progress is being made because many partners--nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, faith communities, and people you--joined hands to leverage resources and make a difference. Cathy ten Broeke, State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness told MinnPost, "I think we could be the first state to end homelessness among veterans."
Your contributions have strengthened and broadened the movement to make homelessness history in Minnesota. This year, you helped the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless hire Brittany Richardson, a full-time Outreach Director. As the only statewide organization that advocates for the entire continuum of housing solutions, this position will garnish new support for Minnesotans experiencing homelessness. We've also been able to expand our staff of seven to Willmar, Eveleth, Moorhead, and the Twin Cities, ensuring the voices and experiences of communities in Greater Minnesota are heard in St. Paul.
Thank you for making this progress possible.