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Start by Knowing Why: 5 Reasons People are Homeless in Minnesota
​While homelessness is an issue that deserves our attention year-round, it often comes into sharper focus when temperatures plummet. As we think more about this issue and how to solve it, it is important to also ask why: Why do people experience homelessness? As researchers, we know that one of the first steps to creating solutions is to gather as much data as we can about a topic. Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a study of homelessness in Minnesota that yields valuable information about the causes and effects of homelessness.   In 2015, Wilder Research counted a total of 9,312 people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. We estimate that there are a total of 15,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in Minnesota.   The good news is that...
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​Hello, Fellows: Meet Antonia Coleman
Wilder employees have the opportunity to apply for Kingston Fellowships, an honor awarded annually based on accomplishments, commitment to human services and leadership potential. In March 2016, Wilder awarded fellowships to 11 employees spanning a variety of professional backgrounds. The fellowships help these professionals to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. In “Hello, Fellows,” we introduce Wilder’s Kingston Fellows. This week, we catch up with Antonia Coleman. What is your role at Wilder? I’m the housing coordinator in Family Supportive Housing Services. I provide work direction to our housing specialists and housing staff when program managers are unavailable to ensure that our housing services are implemented in an ethical and integral manner most conducive to supporting the growth of participants...
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Hello, Fellows: Meet Adora Land
Wilder employees have the opportunity to apply for Kingston Fellowships, an honor awarded annually based on accomplishments, commitment to human services and leadership potential. In March 2016, Wilder awarded fellowships to 11 employees spanning a variety of professional backgrounds. The fellowships help these professionals to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. In Hello, Fellows, we introduce the 2016 Kingston Fellows. This week, we catch up with Adora Land. What is your role at Wilder? I started at Wilder in March 2014 as a housing specialist with the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood rental assistance program. In July 2015 I joined the ROOF Project in Family Supportive Housing Services. I foster relationships with new landlords and our existing landlords, and I’m...
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Hello, Fellows: Meet Bobby Morrow
The Kingston Fellowship is an honor awarded to Wilder employees annually from the Kingston Fellowship named endowment fund established with a lead gift from retired Wilder President Tom Kingston and his wife Mary, and contributed to by many friends of the Wilder Foundation. In March 2016, Wilder awarded fellowships to 11 employees spanning a variety of professional backgrounds. The fellowships help these professionals to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. "In Hello, Fellows," we introduce the 2016 Kingston Fellows. This week, we catch up with Bobby Morrow. What is your role at Wilder? When I started at Wilder I worked with children in our Family Supportive Housing Services. Now I’m a family case manager for Wilder’s rapid rehousing program, the...
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The Difference a Day Can Make: Homeless Day on the Hill
On Tuesday, March 15, hundreds of Minnesotans who support investments in affordable housing will gather at the Capitol for Homeless Day on the Hill. Coordinated by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Homeless Day on the Hill provides opportunities for community members to learn about advocacy and lobbying, meet with senators and representatives, and attend rallies or hearings around issues of affordable housing and preventing homelessness. Wilder is a sponsor for Homeless Day on the Hill, and each year staff and participants from Family Supportive Housing Services attend to share our support for policies and programs that create more affordable housing and provide supportive services to people who have or are currently experiencing homelessness. Engaging with Community and Lawmakers As a case manager in a supportive...
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Hospital to Home: Early Success Serving High-Needs Patients
​A relatively small group of people use a disproportionate amount of hospital emergency department and inpatient resources. So how do we best serve these highest need patients, while also reducing costs? This issue has been receiving a lot of attention in the health care field, including in the Affordable Care Act, which aims to decrease hospital readmissions and associated emergency department use by addressing gaps in insurance coverage and primary health care needs for these individuals. However, these patients face complex issues that extend beyond the health care system. That’s why innovative initiatives like Hospital to Home are essential, because they provide holistic, tailored, person-centered support. And early evaluations by Wilder Research show that it’s working. Holistic, Tailored, Person-Centered Support Guild Incorporated’s Hospital to Home initiative serves very...
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A Story of Impact: Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity partner family​Habitat for Humanity helps families in Minnesota, and across the globe, make the dream of homeownership a reality through creating simple, decent, affordable housing. In addition to providing a roof overhead, Habitat homeownership gives homeowners and families so much more. I’ve had the privilege – first as a Habitat volunteer and now as an outside evaluator – of helping document the extent to which Habitat impacts their homeowners. Quality of Life Impacts In 2011, as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, the state support organization for Minnesota’s 31 Habitat affiliates, I worked on developing a pilot study examining how Habitat homeownership impacts homeowners’ health, education, social connectedness, family interactions, personal well-being, economic situation, and feelings of safety. In my year there, I helped...
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Homelessness Is Not a Character Flaw, It’s a Math Problem
Last night, about 14,000 people in Minnesota were homeless. That is an all-time high for our state, and we will not see this number go down until we address the most fundamental and frequent reason why people find themselves homeless to begin with: an inability to afford their housing. It is also true that race, mental illness, chemical dependency and other serious health concerns show up disproportionately among people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. But these are characteristics shared across the socio-economic spectrum. And none of them rise to the top as the most frequent reason for becoming homeless in the first place. Housing affordability is the most significant reason people lose their housing – and the primary barrier to regaining it. Here is a look at...
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Study Confirms: Supportive Housing Works and More is Needed
Patrick Troska​Among service providers and advocates there is a widely held belief that supportive housing greatly benefits those who are homeless and/or those experiencing life-altering mental or chemical health issues. Much of this belief is based on anecdotal evidence coupled with years of programmatic experience. As advocates have called for increased statewide investments in supportive housing and other forms of affordable housing, very little longitudinal data has been available to verify its efficacy nor to show what kinds of housing opportunities work best for which kinds of populations. (For clarifying purposes, transitional housing is time-limited and usually has intensive self-sufficiency services, while permanent supportive housing focuses on getting people housed for as long as necessary with services to increase stability). For this reason, the Foundation, along with...
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Homeless Veterans in Minnesota: Eight Key Facts
Greg Owen, co-director of the triennial statewide homelessness study.Wilder Research just completed a new report from the statewide survey conducted by Wilder Research in October 2012, which provides a point-in-time snapshot of homeless military veterans in Minnesota. Below are eight key findings I want to share: 1. Homelessness among veterans in Minnesota has decreased since 2009Targeted efforts to reduce homelessness among military veterans appear to be paying off. In 2012, 580 homeless veterans were counted on the night of the survey, down from 669 in 2009. Our survey counted 542 male veterans, a 10 percent decline from the 605 counted in 2009. Among female veterans the decline is even more dramatic: our survey counted 38 female veterans compared to 64 female veterans three years earlier, a drop of 41 percent. Minnesota’s trend is similar...
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