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Rochester, MN 55904
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Housing Services


Emergency Assistance Program and Emergency General Assistance Program is a short-term assistance program for a current shelter/utility crisis that eligible households cannot meet with their own resources.

  • The Emergency Assistance Program( EA) is funded through the MFIP consolidated fund. The Emergency General Assistance Program (EGA) is used for single individuals and married couples without children.
  • These funds are allocated by the State of Minnesota and are limited.
  • Emergency Aid is limited to one issuance in a 12 month period.
  • Households are required to compete a DHS combined application form and have an interview conducted, meet a 30 day state residency requirement and have a net household income in the month of application of under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • The amount of the County Emergency Aid that is issued is based on household size and is limited to twice the monthly cash grant standard for that household size. 

Group Residential Housing (GRH) is a state-funded income supplement program that pays for room-and-board costs for low-income adults who have been placed in a licensed or registered setting with which a county human service agency has negotiated a monthly rate.
How does it work?

  • A county human service agency approves placements in authorized GRH settings.
  • GRH pays for room and board in more than 6,111 licensed or registered settings. About 4,373 of those settings are adult foster care homes. Other settings include boarding and lodging establishments, supervised living facilities, noncertified boarding care homes, housing with services establishments and other assisted living settings.
  • GRH makes service payments for low-income elderly and adults with disabilities in some foster care and other settings if they cannot access service payments from other sources, such as home and community-based waiver programs.
  • GRH payments are made to housing providers on behalf of eligible recipients.

Where can I learn more?

  • To find out if you are eligible for the GRH program, contact Olmsted County Family Support & Assistance at 507-328-6500.
    The GRH program is described in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256I.01 to 256I.08.

Heading Home Minnesota is a statewide initiative to prevent and end homelessness. Heading Home Minnesota has developed a Roadmap to End Homelessness (1.36 MB PDF) 

Heading Home Olmsted- A Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
Olmsted County is one of several counties across the state which has developed local strategies to end homelessness.  The vision of the Heading Home Olmsted Plan is a community where all persons have options for safe temporary or emergency housing and choices for a permanent place to live.  

We seek to prevent and end long-term homelessness in Olmsted County by developing local housing and supportive services that use evidence-based models and combine public and private resources.

Heading Home Olmsted has resulted in the following supportive housing collaborations for disabled individuals and transitional housing for ex-offenders. 

The Francis a 17-unit efficiency apartment building in downtown Rochester that serves adults diagnosed with a mental illness or substance use disorder who meet the definition of chronic long-term homeless. The Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (OCHRA) and Olmsted County Adult Services partner to provide supportive housing at The Francis


The Transitional Living Center
serves to prevent homelessness and improve the chance that offenders can integrate back into the community successfully. 
  • Provides short term housing for ex-offenders being released from prison or the local detention center.
  • Ex-offenders being admitted to the facility are those who have no other alternative for housing and would be homeless.
  • Serves as a landing spot until these offenders can find employment and more permanent housing.
  • The maximum stay at the Transitional Living Center is 90 days.
  • Residents must have 40 hours of structured activity which includes finding employment.
  • The DFO agent supervising each resident makes sure the resident is looking for employment and housing so they can transition from the facility into the community.
  • While at the facility, residents must contribute to the cost of their stay. Depending on their release status and their source of income, this may be a reduced fee for the first month, but after 30 days, all residents are expected to pay rent of $450 a month.
Silver Creek Corner is a 40 bed supportive housing facility which houses homeless individuals who are chronic inebriates. This project is a collaboration between the Olmsted County HRA, Center City Housing Corporation and Olmsted County Adult and Family Services. The project is located at the Olmsted County Campus, north of the 2117 building. Center City Housing Corp. is the developer and property manager for the project. Olmsted County Adult Services provides housing support and case management to the individuals residing there.

The project is modeled after the New San Marco, in Duluth and the Rivercrest Apartments in St. Cloud, similar successful projects developed by Center City Housing Corporation.  

In the JAMA study, published in April, 2009 University of Washington public health researchers monitored 95 homeless chronic alcoholics before and after they moved into a supportive housing project, and compared them with 39 others waiting to get in.

Before the supportive house, the median cost of each of the 95 was $4,000 a month. After a year in the wet house the cost per person dropped to $960, mostly for housing.

The New San Marco Apartments in Duluth, MN opened their doors in May 2007. This video highlights the CD Supportive Housing Project and observations from the community. To gain insight on the housing program proposed in Olmsted County please take a look at this video as we are hoping to duplicate the success they have had in Duluth.  

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