DCEH is Hiring a New Position

DCEH is hiring a Emergency Rental Assistance Processor for our new pilot program. It is a 6 month part time position with the option to become a permanent position. The Processor will oversee the DCEH Emergency Rental Assistance Pilot Program and work with local residents to keep their housing in times of crisis. The position closes on October 28th and all interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to info@dceh.org.

DCEH Rental Assistance Processor Job Descrption

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New Member Congregations

AGC Announcement

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2015 DCEH Annual Report

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 5.45.31 PMClick on the link below to read DCEH’s annual report from 2015. The report covers all of the great work we did last year in the realms of education, inspiration, advocacy, and service. We are proud of what we have accomplished up until this point. DCEH and our leaders look forward to continuing to make a positive difference, with your help, in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, and the communities which we are we are all a part.

2015 DCEH Annual Report

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DCEH Names Interim Director

Joe Kreisman named Interim Director of
Downtown Coalition to End Homelessness

For immediate release—Joe Kreisman has been named Interim Director of Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness. Kreisman has experience in community organizing, lobbying and political campaigns. He also has trained volunteers, resulting in increased contacts and increased voter turnout.

“Joe is a persuasive, powerful organizer who has great enthusiasm for the work of Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness,” says Jeffrey Sartain, a member of DCEH’s Steering Committee. “As we continue to advance advocacy for public policy that will reduce and end homelessness, we are excited about his commitment and his leadership qualities.”

Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness calls people to take action addressing homelessness based on their religious values, to strengthen awareness of homelessness and to build advocacy for policy changes. DCEH was part of the coalition that successfully advocated for allocating $100 million for affordable housing in Minnesota, which was approved in the last session of the Legislature.

DCEH is a collaboration of 14 churches, synagogues and mosques that has grown in numbers and influence since its founding six years ago.

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DCEH Action Alert: Thank your Legislators and the Governor

 

IMMEDIATE ACTION: Thank Legislators for Supporting the $100 Million for Housing!

 

This year we made a historic $100 million investment in affordable housing, to help make housing a reality for all. This would not have been possible without the strong advocacy work done by a broad coalition.

-Senator Jeff Hayden

The ask of Homes for All coalition was bold and historic! Yet, legislators like Senator Hayden and Representative Alice Hausman, have said this coalition, which Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness is a part of, made the difference in getting $100 million for housing. Each of us helped make this happen; each phone call, letter or postcard, or visit made a difference together!

With this investment, around 5,000 households across Minnesota will be impacted. So how does that happen?

  • The funding from the legislature will be given to Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), which is a state government administrative agency.
  • MHFA distributes the funding based upon a competitive application process.
  • Additionally, this $100 million will leverage other funding streams of the MHFA, impacting ever more households.
  • Projects will apply for funding by early June and determinations will be announced in October.
  • Groundbreakings for new construction on projects usually happen a year to two years after receiving funding.

These projects will impact our community and help ease the burden of the cost of housing. Now, let’s thank our legislators for their support and hard work to make Minnesota a place for all people and families to thrive!

The Message: Thank you for supporting $100 million for housing!

What You Can Do:

1. Call or write the Senate and House Leadership, Your Legislators, and the Governor to thank them for their support!

Find their contact information: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

2. Gather with others on the front, south-facing capitol steps on Wednesday, June 11th at 12:00pm. We will take a picture with a Thank You sign and then drop off a thank you note to our legislator’s offices.

Thank you for all your advocacy work!

Lastly, take a short survey to help us improve our organizing and advocacy work! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KST5ZN3

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ACTION ALERT: Contact Your City Council Member

MINNEAPOLIS RESIDENTS:

The Message:

Before November 5th Call your Minneapolis city council member and tell them:

The Affordable Housing Trust Fund creates and preserves affordable rental housing, generates jobs, increases property tax revenue and leverages additional investments.  I urge you to fund the AHTF at $10 million

Whom to Contact:

Don’t know ward number?  It can be located at:  http://www.minneapolismn.gov/council/

Ward Name Email/Email Form Address Phone Number
1 Council Member Kevin Reich Kevin.Reich@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2201
2 Council Member Cam Gordon cam.gordon@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2202
3 Council Member Diane Hofstede diane.hofstede@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2203
4 Council Member Barb Johnson http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward4/ (612) 673-2204
5 Council Member Don Samuels don.samuels@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2205
6 Council Member Robert Lilligren robert.lilligren@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2206
7 Council Member Lisa Goodman http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward7/ (612) 673-2207
8 Council Member Elizabeth Glidden Elizabeth.Glidden@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2208
9 Council Member Gary Schiff Gary.Schiff@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2209
10 Council Member Meg Tuthill Meg.Tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2210
11 Council Member John Quincy John.Quincy@ci.minneapolis.mn.us (612) 673-2211
12 Council Member Sandra Colvin Roy http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward12/ (612) 673-2212
13 Council Member Betsy Hodges http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward13/ (612) 673-2213

Talking Points:

  • 6,452 children and youth were identified as homeless and highly mobile in Minneapolis, an increase of 1.3% from the previous year. 3,636 were enrolled in MPS, representing 8.9% of total MPS student enrollment.  – Mpls Public Schools.
  • With the vacancy rate within our city at 2% and the affordable housing vacancy rate at 0%, there is an immediate need for more housing opportunities.
  • For $1,000,000 in development costs, 16 jobs are created.
  • For every $1 invested through the Minneapolis Affordable Housing Trust Fund, on average, a project receives $9 of additional investment in that project.

Background:

The Affordable housing trust fund is a city of Minneapolis resource that helps to fund affordable rental housing in the city.  When the fund was established, the goal was to commit $10 million through this fund for affordable rental housing every year.

This year, the Mayor’s proposed budget funds the Affordable Trust Fund at only $6.1 million.

 

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Strategic Direction

As a faith partner of Heading Home Hennepin, we represent 16 congregations creating an interfaith community to support the work of ending homelessness in Minneapolis.

Our Mission: To engage our congregations and the community in the work to end homelessness.

Our Goals:

People of DCEH Congregations will be

  • Inspire and educate in order to influence public policy changes that contribute to ending homelessness and improve access to housing.
  • Collaborate and coordinate services to people experiencing homelessness.

Our Strategies:

  • Inspire: Call people to take action based on religious values.
  • Educate: Strengthen awareness of the issues of homelessness and appropriate solutions.
  •  Advocate: Influence policy change.
  •  Serve: Coordinate delivery of services among congregations.

Overview of Tactics

Four key annual events are institutionalized as ongoing activities to bring people together for learning, inspiration, and action, in additional to groups organizing to educate and call people to action.

Sabbath to End Homelessness (STEH)

The STEH is a dedicated weekend for individual member congregations to focus on current trends in housing and homelessness, as well as how faith communities speak to this issue and ways congregants can take action. The main tool for STEH is education and inspiration, including, but not limited to: speakers, educational forums, sermons, liturgy, etc.

Legislative Session Kick Off

Each year, members are invited to attend the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Day on the Hill, to meet their legislators and discuss housing and homelessness funding and policy.

Days on the Hill

Members are invited every year to attend the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Day on the Hill, to meet their legislators and discuss housing and homelessness funding and policy.

Annual Summit

This annual event will educate and inspire as participants hear a shared message, a speaker, a reception, music, opportunities for conversations, best practices, and have a faith component.

Service Learning Opportunities

Provide opportunities for congregants across congregations to serve together with reflection, advocacy, and faith formation.

Volunteer Trainings

Hold four trainings per year to equip volunteers, to provide a space for volunteers to meet, and gain new knowledge for working with people experiencing homelessness, in a faithful context.

Long Term Outcomes

  1. Individuals and congregation engage in public policy advocacy as a spiritual practice.
  2. DCEH provides a range of public policy education, training opportunities, and other activities; which take place across congregations to build deeper understanding and valuable relationships that will strengthen our interfaith collaboration and impact.
  3. DCEH equips a broad and diverse base of congregation and community members with advocacy skills including: calls, letters, emails, meetings, testimony, media outreach, and other productive activities with partner organizations.
  4. Participants in DCEH events grow in their public policy knowledge.
  5. Congregant participation in advocacy is increased and those engaged find the effort satisfying.
  6. DCEH direct service volunteers and advocates develop stories and story-telling skills to create compelling support for policy proposals.
  7. Direct Service Providers retain volunteers by developing their skills and knowledge to be fully equipped to work with people (clients, friends).
  8. Volunteers are engaged and building relationships across congregations.
  9. DCEH’s reputation is strong.
    1. Partners and elected officials value the unique interfaith voice offered by DCEH.
    2. DCEH is perceived to be a resource to elected officials.
    3. DCEH has good working relationships with elected. officials at all levels.
    4. DCEH is a resource to the press on the issue of homelessness.

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Take Action: Invest $50 million in housing and services for families and youth

Message:

Investing in $50 million for housing and homeless programs is vital to our people, the business economy, and the health of our state.

SF 797 and HF 937: $25 million to Department of Human Services for homeless services for families and youth

SF 811: $25 million to Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for housing programs for families and youth.

Whom to Contact:

Please take a few minutes today to call or email your state representative and state senator to let them know that housing and homelessness is a priority for you. Find your District:http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

Talking Points for a Sample Letter/Phone Call:

  • Minnesota faces a severe housing crisis – overflow shelters are full, waiting lists for rental housing are full, over 11,000 school children were identified as homeless or highly mobile in 2011-2012 (with 6,000 in Minneapolis Public Schools alone).
  • We know what programs work immediately and long-term to prevent homelessness and create more affordable housing, which is what the $50 million increase would support.
  • Homeless and housing advocates from across the state are united around a $50 million increase for strategic and effective programs.
Department of Human Services Program Purpose 2012 – 2013 Funding Level Proposed Increase  Total Base Funding Proposed
Long-Term Homeless Supportive Services Fund Services to individuals, youth, and families in supportive housing(1,689 households in SFY10) $9.9 million $10 million $19.9 million
Transitional Housing Housing and services for individuals and families who have been homeless(3,812 individuals in SFY2010) $5.9 million $6 million $11.9 million
Emergency Services Program Services and emergency shelter for people who have been homeless(3,980 individuals in SFY10) $688,000 $1 million $1.7 million
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Housing and services for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness586 individuals in SFY10 $218,000 $8 million $8.2 million
  Total Ask: $25 million

 

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Programs Purpose 2012-2013 Funding Level Proposed Increase Total Base Funding Proposed
Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program (FHPAP) Direct assistance and services to households at risk of losing housing or transitioning out of homelessness $14.93 million $2.5 million $17.4 million
Challenge Fund Financing for affordable housing development statewide $13.91 million $9 million (Restored)$5 million Increase $27.9 million
Housing Trust Fund Rental assistance for households previously homeless $19.11 million $2 million (Restored)$2.5 million Increase $23.6 million
Rental Rehab Loans Assistance for owners of smaller rental property improvements $4.898 million $3 million (Restored) $7.9 million
HECAT Homebuyer/homeowner education, counseling and training services $1.502 million $250,000 (Restored) $1.75 million
Capacity Building Regional coordination leverages federal funding $250,000 $250,000 (Restored)$250,000 Increase $750,000
Homeownership Assistance Fund Down payment and closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyers $1.594 million $250,000 (Restored) $1.8 million
    Total Ask: $ 25 million

 

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DCEH Names New Chair of the Steering Committee

The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness is very excited to announce that the new chair of our Steering Committee is Rabbi Sim Glaser from Temple Israel! The position of Chair of the DCEH Steering Committee is a leadership position, which guides the work of the DCEH collaboration to engage our members in the work to end homelessness.

Rabbi Glaser has been an Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel since 1999. Rabbi Glaser brings to DCEH his passion for social justice and affordable housing, his creative thinking, his prophetic voice, and his focus on acting together. While at Temple, Rabbi Glaser has been involved or spearheaded efforts to better our world with the neighborhood school, Jefferson Elementary, addressing issues of homelessness, advocating for humanitarian efforts in Darfur, and more.

We are so grateful and excited for new leadership. We are also grateful for our outgoing Chair, Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, who will take over as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for continuity in our leadership.

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DCEH Task Force

45 days or bust!

Eight DCEH representatives met to clarify the work of the DCEH, taking what was learned from the first three years of DCEH. Over four, one and a half hour meetings, we asked deeper questions about our vision as an organization, the core of our mission, what is realistic for us to accomplish, and clarifying the structure to make that happen.

Imam Makram El-Amin of Masjid An-Nur, Rev. Dr. Tim Hart-Andersen of Westminster Presbyterian, Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer from Central Lutheran, Rev. Dr. Jeff Sartain from Plymouth Congregational, Rabbi Sim Glaser from Temple Israel, Janice Andersen from the Basilica of Saint Mary, Rev. Doug Mitchell from Westminster Presbyterian, and Debby Magnuson from First Unitarian Society, were the eight dedicated people who delved deeper into the these questions.  Below is what the Task Force established for the DCEH as we move forward.  In the next month, we will develop our strategy of how to move forward our vision, mission and work into 2013 and beyond. 

Who We Are: As a faith partner of Heading Home Hennepin, we represent 16 congregations creating an interfaith community to support the work of ending homelessness in Minneapolis

Vision:  Everyone has access to decent, safe, and affordable housing in Minneapolis

Mission: To engage our congregations and communities in the work of ending homelessness

Values:

  • Every person has inherent dignity
  • Housing is a Human Right
  • Our commitment to the common good requires us to take action to end homelessness
  • Interfaith collaboration

Our Work:  

  • Inspire: Call people to take action based on religious values
  • Educate: Strengthen awareness of the issues of homelessness and appropriate solutions
  • Advocate: Build the public will for policy change
  • Serve: Coordinate delivery of services among congregations.

DCEH Member Congregations:

  • Commit themselves to being an active partner, in full support of the mission, vision, and values of DCEH has defined above.
  • Select a representative to participate as an active member of the Steering Committee (church staff are ideal, but in lieu of staff an established lay member may be selected)
  • Select a representative to participate as an active member of the Interfaith Action Team (an established lay member is ideal)
  • Contribute time and money commensurate with the congregations’ ability, size, and annual budget
  • Create opportunities within their congregation for carrying out the DCEH strategize goals
  • Receive dedicated DCEH staff time

Advisory Seat of the DCEH

Is from the Office to End Homelessness, is a nonvoting member of the Steering Committee, to provide direct connection and communication from the Heading Home Hennepin Initiative.

DCEH Network:

Community partners include congregations and organizations that are actively engaged in the work of ending homelessness and which collaborate as partners with DCEH to carry out the DCEH vision and mission, defined above. Some community partners include: Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation, St. Stephen’s Community Engagement, etc. The role of the DCEH Network is to provide consultation to our strategic work and provide us updates and information regarding their perspective of ending homelessness in the community. To fulfill this role, partners may be contacted individually for consultation, invited to Steering Committee meetings or a separate partner meeting, etc.

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