Heading Home Hennepin Newsletter: New Renters' Help tool, funding opportunities, and more

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February 2021

Heading Home Hennepin Monthly Newsletter

The Heading Home Hennepin monthly newsletter aims to be a resource for the community of individuals that work to increase housing stability for residents of Hennepin County.


This month in the HHH Newsletter:

Featured Stories:

  • New website helps Hennepin County renters maintain housing stability

  • Minneapolis men’s shelter gets facelift

Funding Opportunities:

  • Housing Support Providers Information Sessions for Prospective Providers

  • Request for Proposals: Hearth Connection Welcome Team

  • CURA and The Alliance: Housing Stability Grants Available 

Community Resources:

  • Racism and the Economy: Focus on Housing
  • American Indian Covid-19 & Vaccine Virtual Panel Series

New website helps Hennepin County renters maintain housing stability

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What is Renters’ Help?

Hennepin County and United Way 211 have launched a new Renters’ Help website that provides information on services for local renters, with the goal of helping residents maintain stable housing. Renters located in Hennepin County can use this tool to search for services related to an urgent housing situation, including being behind on rent, facing eviction, or a dispute with a landlord.

Who is Renters’ Help for?

Renters’ Help provides information for Hennepin County residents facing an urgent housing situation. Individuals and those assisting people can access the site to find information on local housing resources.

How does Renters’ Help work?

Users can enter their city or zip code to find information on resources available for Hennepin County residents. After answering a few questions about their situation, which may include being behind on rent, facing an eviction, or experiencing a dispute with a landlord, renters will be directed to the most relevant resources. Renters can access a variety of information that may include legal fact sheets, links to apply for county benefits, or referrals to community organizations that provide services like mediation or rent/utility assistance.

In the case of community organizations, users of the site will be able to see if an organization may or may not have financial resources on hand, which can help them make decisions about which organizations to contact first.

Check it out (and bookmark it) → https://rent.211unitedway.org/


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Minneapolis men’s shelter gets facelift

Salvation Army - Safe Bay

One of Minnesota’s largest men’s shelters has been freshly remodeled thanks to the help of Hennepin County and your donations to The Salvation Army. 

On Feb. 1, renovations were completed on “Safe Bay” – a 30-year-old men’s shelter located inside The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis. The new space features improvements galore, including:

  • New bunkbeds, with 80-person capacity 
  • Power outlets and USB ports for each bed
  • Remodeled bathrooms with touch-free faucets and toilets 
  • COVID-friendly environment, including state-of-the-art ventilation system, socially-distanced bunk placement, alcove rooms, and more

Read more here. 

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Housing Support Information Session for Prospective Providers

Are you interested in becoming a Housing Support provider with Hennepin County or growing your existing Housing Support program? 

Housing Support is an income supplement for people who live independently in housing that they control while also receiving supportive services.  The Housing Support team offers a Housing Support Information Session for Prospective Providers and separate Breakout sessions focusing on Board & Lodges, Community-based programs (HWS-I and LTH), Customized Living and Adult Foster Care on the second Tuesday of the month.  For session details, see Hennepin County social services community information session.pdf.  For general information, visit the For current and future housing providers web page.   


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Request for Proposals: Hearth Connection Welcome Team

Hearth Connection is seeking proposals to partner in developing a new initiative to provide outreach, engagement, documentation, and initial assessment for all coordinated entry referrals to Metro Regional Project scattered-site PSH teams. They may also collaborate with other Regional Project teams to complete MA Housing Stabilization Services consultations. 

There will be an information session on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11am and  proposals must be received no later than 5pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Initial contract may start as soon as April 1, 2021. See full RFP here.


UMN Housing Stability grants

2021 Grant Timeline

  • February 3: Applications open
  • February 17, 11:30AM-12:30PM: Virtual Info Session (sign up to receive a link)
  • March 12: Full Proposals due
  • Week of March 29: Grant notification

If you have questions, please contact hsgrants@umn.edu.

Learn more here.


Racism and the Economy: Focus on Housing

Virtual video event presented by all 12 District Banks of the Federal Reserve System

March 1, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

This event will focus on systemic racism in our housing markets and its impact on economic outcomes for all Americans. Our keynote speakers will outline the historical and contemporary context of how racism, racial exclusion, and predatory inclusion have limited housing opportunities and wealth-building for communities of color. Leaders from the public, nonprofit, and academic sectors will then present policy proposals for dismantling the deep inequities in housing market valuation, mortgage lending, and patterns of housing development. These proposals will kick-start a wide-ranging conversation among researchers, policymakers, and community leaders who are committed to eliminating racial disparities in housing opportunity. Learn more here. 


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