MN Transition Coalition News - June 27, 2022

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Newport Academy Tour and Optional Music Festival

Wednesday, July 13, 3:30 pm CT
Newport Academy, St. Cloud
1726 7th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Join us for a tour of our St. Cloud teen residential treatment location. After the tour, guests are welcome to stay for the Summertime by George festival, where you can enjoy music and some food truck eats — our treat! Optional transportation will be available to and from Newport Academy as well as the festival. The bus will depart from Maple Grove Transit Station at 2:30 pm CT, with snacks and refreshments provided on board.

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Met Council to reopen Section 8 housing waiting list lottery June 22-28

The Metropolitan Council, the metro’s regional planning agency, will host a lottery toward the end of June aimed at refreshing its long waiting list for federal Section 8 housing vouchers.

The Metro HRA vouchers aim to reduce rent burdens to no more than 30 to 40 percent of a household’s adjusted gross income and can be used like rent credits with suburban landlords open to Section 8 tenants.

The Metro HRA waitlist typically spans about 2,000 applicants, with the expectation that most families on the waitlist will receive a voucher within two-to-five years or find affordable housing through other means, such as from another housing agency. Several cities and counties — including St. Paul, Minneapolis and Dakota County — offer Section 8 vouchers through their own public housing authorities and community development agencies.

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Direct Access to Comprehensive Assessments

If your clients are struggling with Direct Access, please know RS EDEN is providing Walk-in and By Appointment Comprehensive Assessments virtually or at 1025 Portland Avenue near downtown Minneapolis, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Our goal is to make the process as simple and low barrier for your clients to access as possible.

Direct Access to Comprehensive Assessments - in-person and virtual without a referral - walk-in and by appointment

MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9:00AM – 5:00PM at 1025 Portland Avenue; near downtown Minneapolis, with availability for same day admissions

Recovery Services Admissions Team: 612-338-0723
Admissions Director: Jennifer Eppel, LADC
Direct Phone: 612-361-8361



Chemical Health Assessments

Immediate availability! Send your clients and we can take it from there. We would greatly appreciate it and look forward to arranging healing services!

Call Tracy at 612-444-6693 to schedule. Or click here to refer online

How completing Rogers’ continuum of care improves patient outcomes

Rogers Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of care consisting of inpatient, residential, and two levels of outpatient care: partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient.
Offering continuity of care allows patients who enter treatment at any level to get the right level of intensity and move between levels as needed.
Clinical outcomes research shows that patients who complete the full continuum of care, otherwise known as following the clinical pathway, are more likely to sustain their gains, and many continue to make progress after completing treatment.

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Biden Administration Announces First-of-Its Kind Funding Opportunity for Unsheltered Homelessness

Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a first-of-its-kind package of resources for unsheltered homelessness and homeless encampments. 

The Initiative for Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness will help communities humanely and effectively implement coordinated approaches for solving unsheltered homelessness with housing, health care, and supportive services.

The $365 million package includes:

  • $322 million in Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grants, with $54.5 million set aside specifically for rural communities, through a Special Notice of Funding Opportunity to fund homeless outreach, permanent housing, supportive services, and other costs. The grants will fund projects for three years then will be eligible for renewal through the annual CoC Program.
  • $43 million for approximately4,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers that will be allocated through a separate notice to public housing authorities. The vouchers can serve people who are:
  • experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • Veterans and their families if they meet one of the proceeding criteria

This funding opportunity strongly promotes partnerships with health care organizations, public housing authorities and mainstream housing providers, and people with lived experience of homelessness.

The number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness has been rising. In 2020, for the first time ever, more people were experiencing homelessness on the streets and in cars than in shelters, according to HUD's annual Point-in-Time Count.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that people sleeping in their vehicles, in tents, or on the streets, including in rural areas, have access to decent, stable housing and services, like health care and treatment, to live with dignity and safety,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, who also serves as the chair of USICH. “Solving unsheltered homelessness means delivering help to the people who need it the most, but who have the hardest time reaching it. It means putting Housing First and health care and other supportive services right after. With this funding, communities will have the resources to scale up coordinated efforts to humanely and effectively move people from encampments into homes by linking homeless outreach with health care, treatment, and housing.”

Read the full announcement.