March CoC Catch-Up

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March 2019

This month, in the CoC Catch-Up

  • Results are in for Success in Housing report
  • Hennepin Housing Key Re-launched
  • Rental Housing Brief
  • Jim Crow of the North
  • DHS updates list of services
  • Homeless Day on the Hill
  • RFP for Data Incentives
  • Training Round-Up

Results are in: Success in Housing - How much does criminal background matter?

The collaborative research study results contradict long held assumptions.

Wilder Research collaborated with four of Minnesota’s nonprofit affordable housing developers - Aeon, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, CommonBond Communities, and Project for Pride in Living - to clarify the understanding of how residents’ criminal backgrounds contribute to housing outcomes.

The results of this project are now complete. A two page summary of the results can be found here: Success in Housing: How much does criminal background matter? 

Get started with Hennepin Housing Key

housing key

The county has relaunched Hennepin Housing Key, an online tool that provides accurate and up-to-date information about housing with services opportunities.

We are very excited to continue expanding our partnership with the community as we move forward with this relaunch. Hennepin County is working with all providers of housing with some level of service component to ensure that their inventory is included in the tool.

What’s changed

We heard the launch of the tool was not as successful as we’d hoped in 2014. We heard your feedback and have used that to make changes and improvements.

Since its relaunch in 2017, Housing Key has helped connect 172 people to housing. Providers and client advocates have been sharing their success stories with us. 

Get started

Access the tool or learn more at

Request a demonstration of tool by contacting Stacey Ray at

HousingLink's Minneapolis Rental Housing Brief released

Report shows rent prices are rising and number of deeply affordable units are shrinking

housing brief

Learn about the state of the rental housing market in Minneapolis from HousingLink's Minneapolis Rental Housing Brief. This is the second edition of the monthly brief. 

In this report you can learn about rental affordability, subsidized housing, and housing rental stock in Minneapolis.

From Twin Cities PBS (TPT): Jim Crow of the North

Learn about the racially restrictive real estate covenants, how they shaped neighborhoods, and the impact that is still felt today. 

Jim Crow

Why does Minnesota suffer through some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? One answer is the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of restrictive covenants after the turn of the last century to their final elimination in the late 1960s.

Watch online at:

Minnesota DHS: What services are available for adults and families

Updated overview of services: Homelessness in Minnesota: helping to connect people to the services they need

While DHS does not have a direct role in creating more affordable housing in Minnesota, it does play a significant role in providing the necessary supports to help people maintain stable housing, including income supports, services that help people access and maintain housing, one-time emergency payments and grants that support agencies working to end homelessness.

2019 Homeless Day on the Hill

homeless day on the hill

March 13, 2019

Join Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and hundreds of other advocates at the Homeless Day on the Hill as we lobby at the Capitol for the 2019 agenda! Register here:

Additional details for the event can be found here: Homeless Day on the Hill

Request for Proposals: $10,000 of the HMIS budget to be used for data quality incentives

The MN HMIS Governing Board has approved $10,000 of the HMIS budget to be used for data quality incentives. The intent of the data quality incentives is to support agencies in implementing creative solutions that will help them build or sustain their capacity for maintaining high-quality data in HMIS. Agencies that are interested in receiving data quality incentive funds should submit a brief proposal. 

Submission and review process

Proposals should be submitted using this form and must be received by 5pm on Monday, April 1st, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed by members of the HMIS Finance and Implementation Committees and only the first 20 responses will be reviewed, so act quickly! Agencies will be notified of whether their proposal was selected by May 1st.

Learn more by reviewing the full proposal details.

Training Round-Up

CSH: Essential for Providing Services

Making Services That Are Voluntary Work for Supportive Housing Tenants

Series of six instructor-led webinars cover the essentials of successfully serving supportive housing tenants starting on Wednesday, March 13. Participants gain a basic understanding of Housing First and key clinical practices for supportive housing:
• Harm Reduction
• Trauma Informed Care
• Motivational Interviewing
• Assertive Engagement

Details and sign up: Essentials for Providing Services

People Incorporated - Training Institute: Mental Health and De-escalation for Housing Professionals

  • Designed for housing professionals,
  • Addresses the fundamentals of mental health and trauma to understand the nature of upset encounters
  • Learn about common mistakes that people make in attempting to diffuse them. 

RSVP for the training by clicking the link below:

You will be asked for a password to access this event. The password is TRAININGINSTITUTE2019

MESH: Homelessness 201: Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice II: Promoting Change & Complex Reflections 

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know how to appropriately respond to and work with your clients stage of change using MI
  • Be able to form complex reflections to evoke intrinsic motivation
  • Have practiced “focusing” in order to narrow down your clients concerns into a “target behavior” that becomes the focus of change
  • Have used the “Change Ruler” and decisional balance in the process of identifying various aspects of client motivation

Details and registration: Homelessness 201


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