Paul Fleissner named to advisory committee for Minnesota Homeless Fund
12/23/2019 Policy, Analysis and Communications

Paul Fleissner
On December 19, 2019, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the launch of the Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative. As stated in a press release from the Governor and Lt. Governor’s office, “This effort is designed to immediately increase shelter capacity across the state for Minnesotans living outside this winter.” It also stated that on winter nights, “more than 1,600 Minnesotans sleep outside, including 300 children and youth.” Numbers have doubled in the state since 2015.
The Minnesota Homeless Fund was created to support the Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative. The St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation has assembled an advisory committee of 13 representatives to manage the Minnesota Homeless Fund including Olmsted County Deputy Administrator of Health, Housing and Human Services Paul Fleissner. The press release from the Governor and Lt. Governor’s office states that the advisory committee is comprised of “public and private sector representatives and individuals with lived experience of homelessness.” A listing of the entire advisory committee is available on the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation website.   

“I am excited to serve on the advisory committee managing the Minnesota Homeless Fund and be connected to the larger Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative,” said Fleissner. “Homelessness is an issue in virtually every community. I am grateful that Governor Walz is bringing people together to explore solutions in Minnesota to this critical and challenging problem.” 

As stated in the press release, this initiative is tied to a larger strategy to create opportunities to connect homeless people with long-term housing. 

As of December 19, $4.82 million has poured into the Minnesota Homeless Fund from various public, corporate and non-profit entities who are committed to helping this cause. If you are interested in contributing to the newly established Minnesota Homeless Fund, visit