Local, State Officials Announce Plan to Combat Homelessness

Updated: 12/20/2013 11:39 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

An estimated 10,000 men, women and children are homeless in the Twin Cities. On Thursday, local and state officials announced a new plan in St. Paul to help change that.  

Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness” will focus on stabilizing housing for all Minnesotans. It was created by a collaboration of 11 state agencies and lays out specific action steps.  

The project set two big goals: to end veteran and chronic homelessness in Minnesota by 2015 and to end youth and family homelessness by 2020. Each agency has their own set of actions to help meet those goals and officials say it's not out of reach.

The council also announced grant awards for the Rental Assistance for Highly Mobile Students Initiative, which offers funds and support for families with school-aged kids who move frequently.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis Mayor-Elect Betsy Hodges, and commissioners from the Departments of Human Services, Education, and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency were in attendance.