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Supportive Housing

The work to prevent and end homelessness is one of five strategic priorities adopted by Minnesota Housing. The overall goals of supportive housing are to:

  • Move people experiencing long term homelessness into affordable, permanent housing;

  • Promote housing stability with support services necessary to improve their wellbeing, such as employability, self-sufficiency, and other positive social outcomes; and,

  • Reduce the social costs associated with homelessness such as inappropriate use of emergency health care, shelter, chemical dependency, corrections, etc.

Group Residential Housing

Supportive Housing Definitions

The state of Minnesota has specific definitions for supportive housing that must be considered by all providers of supportive housing. 

  • Households Experiencing Long Term Homelessness - Persons including "individuals, unaccompanied youth, and families with children lacking a permanent place to live continuously for a year or more or at least four times in the past three years. Any period of institutionalization or incarceration shall be excluded when determining the length of time the household has been homeless."

  • Permanent Supportive Housing - "Permanent rental housing affordable to the population served where support services are available to residents. Permanent supportive housing is available to individuals and families with multiple barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing, including those who are formally homeless or at risk of homelessness and those with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS."

  • Key Characteristics of Persons Experiencing Long Term or Chronic Homelessness

  • Definitions of Case Management

  • Minnesota Housing Definitions 

Reporting Requirements

Minnesota Housing Long-Term Homeless Reporting Requirements