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.
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.
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Heading Home Minnesota is a statewide initiative to prevent and end homelessness.
Heading Home Minnesota has developed a Roadmap to 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
Damascus Way serves to assist corrections clients during their transition from incarceration to community living.
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.