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
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|