Supportive Housing

The work to prevent and end homelessness is one of Minnesota Housing's strategic priorities, which includes the production and preservation of supportive housing. The overall goals of supportive housing are to:

  • Move people experiencing 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.

Increasing the supply of supportive housing is integral to achieving the goal of ending homelessness in the statewide plan: Heading Home: Minnesota's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Supportive Housing Standards

The Supportive Housing Alliance, formerly known as the Stewardship Council, is an interagency working group whose purpose is to directly impact the creation, preservation, and stabilization of supportive housing as a key component in Minnesota’s work to prevent and end homelessness.
 
The Supportive Housing Alliance has embarked on a project to esdtablish supportive housing standards and align service, operating and capital funding resources to strengthen and simplify the process for creating quality supportive housing across the state of Minnesota. In 2021, the Supportive Housing Alliance contracted with North Star Policy Consulting to engage with the community to develop supportive housing standards.
 
North Star Policy Consulting met with a deep bench of supportive housing providers, tribal and state leaders, and people with lived experience across the state to develop recommendations for supportive housing standards, which are described in this report. We are not circling back to stateholders for feedback on the current draft. Please share your insight, expertise, and wisdom as we further refine the supportive housing standards.

Supportive Housing Standards Draft

Operating Guidelines Outline

You can review the draft supportive housing standards and operating guidelines outline at any time and provide feedback through this survey.  Attend upcoming feedback discussion sessions by viewing the enews that was sent.

Supportive Housing Annual Report

Minnesota Housing provides capital funding for site-based supportive housing units and Housing Trust Fund (HTF) tenant-based rental assistance for high-priority homeless households.  All providers are required to collect tenant data in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). In addition, all site-based supportive housing service providers and management agents also complete an annual supportive housing survey.  The Annual Report summarizes key highlights from this data for the period from October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

Supportive Housing Resources

The Supportive Housing Information and Resources publication includes information about supportive housing from pre-development planning through occupancy, and replaces many documents previously published on Minnesota Housing’s website.

Supportive Housing Engagement Session with Providers

Occupancy and Monitoring Session - October 2021

PowerPoint presentation
Recorded session

Coming soon: monthly office hours with Supportive Housing staff.

Questions about supportive housing? Contact supportive.housing@state.mn.us.

Supportive Housing Evaluation Results and Action Plan

Minnesota Housing worked with the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to conduct an extensive evaluation of the supportive housing portfolio and to examine best practices for supportive housing at several housing finance agencies around the country.

The evaluation and best practices reports were completed in 2020 and are rich with information. They deliver the evaluation results and include recommendations for Minnesota Housing to further strengthen its portfolio and practices. Minnesota Housing staff have used these recommendations to develop an action plan for supportive housing development, oversight and monitoring.

Minnesota Housing held a webinar to discuss the results.  Watch the recorded webinar (1:30:00 - start watching at the three minute mark) or download the presentation to learn more.

Department of Human Services (DHS) Resources

Housing Support

Housing Support is a state funded income supplement program that pays for room and board for low-income adults with disabilities. There is also a service rate for eligible households in certain settings. For more information, refer to the DHS Housing Support webpage or contact your county's human service Housing Support program manager. 

Housing Support with MFIP

Housing Support in Supportive Housing

DHS Contacts

Webinar Overview of Housing Support, Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) and Housing Stabilization Services

In cooperation with Minnesota Housing, DHS held a webinar session on programs used within supportive housing, including Housing Support, MSA and MSA Housing Assistance, and Housing Stabilization Services with particular emphasis on changes to these programs that occurred in 2020 and 2021. Watch the recorded session (02:03:15) or download the presentation.

Housing Support: How it Works in Operation Training Session on June 8, 2022

Minnesota Housing hosted this session focused on how Housing Support works in actual practice for developments with supportive housing units. The session covered the following topics:

  • DHS staff provided an overview of the Housing Support Program.
  • Two service providers reviewed their role in providing Housing Support.
  • A property manager reviewed their role including how to use the Minnesota Housing Income and Rent Calculation Form for Housing Support to determine a tenant's subsidy and income to use for reporting and compliance.

Watch the recorded session (1:49:38) or download the presentation for more information.

  • DHS overview of program (minute 02:22)
  • Service provider role (minute 15:30)
  • Questions (minute 44:00)
  • Property management role and completing the rent and income calculation form (minute 54:30)
  • Questions (minute 1:10:00)

Other materials from the session include:

Medicaid Housing Stabilization Services

Housing Stabilization Services is a new Minnesota Medical Assistance benefit to help people with disabilities, including mental illness and substance use disorder, and seniors find and keep housing.

Learn more about the new benefit and how to become an enrolled service provider on the DHS Housing Stabilization Services webpage.

Technical Assistance is also available from the Housing Stabilization Services Technical Assistance Team, a partnership between CSH, MESH and North Star Policy Consulting.  Their goal is to support agencies and communities across the state in using Medicaid for housing supports in order to maximize resources needed to end homelessness.

For more information, visit https://mesh-mn.org/hssta.

Recorded Webinar for Housing Providers

The training is a high-level overview of the services for housing providers and specific information that all housing providers need to know to help tenants access services. Watch the recorded training (01:36:02).

Reporting Requirements

Refer to the Monitoring and Reporting Requirements Chapter in the Supportive Housing Information and Resources publication for reporting requirements for developments with Long-term Homeless (LTH) and High Priority Homeless (HPH) units.

LTH and HPH Eligibility Forms

Supportive Housing Service Providers