Stable, Affordable Housing

A vibrant community depends on stable housing for its residents. Youth homelessness is linked to lower school performance and lower graduation rates, as well as an increased likelihood of homelessness as an adult. Homelessness makes it difficult to secure and retain employment, and securing housing is often made more difficult by high rates of mental illness, physical disabilities, and recent incarceration.
Every three years since 1991, Wilder Research has conducted a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The most recent homelessness study, conducted on one night in October 2012, counted 10,214 homeless adults, youth, and children in shelters, transitional housing, and on the streets. Almost one-third of the homeless in Minnesota are children with their families.
Supportive housing is an effective strategy to address homelessness. By combining affordable housing and services, supportive housing programs help individuals and families address barriers to successfully maintaining stable housing. In the period between the 2006 and 2009, the capacity in permanent supportive programs in Minnesota increased 27 percent. The Wilder Foundation provides several programs designed to provide safe, affordable housing and develop employment and life skills.


  • People of color represent 61 percent of Minnesota’s homeless adult population, but make up only about 14 percent of Minnesota’s adult population.
  • 41 percent of homeless adults are on a waiting list for subsidized housing, with an average wait time of 11 months; another 15 percent were unable to get on a waiting list because it was closed.
  • 24 percent of homeless adults reported current employment, among the lowest since the study began in 1991
  • 79 percent of homeless adults report at least one of three major health issues: mental illness, substance abuse disorder, or a chronic physical health condition.
  • In 2010, supportive housing generated at least $123 million for Minnesota taxpayers, returning $1.44 for every public dollar invested
  • Children in supportive housing change schools less often, are less likely to experience abuse/neglect, and are less likely to be removed from their parents’ home than homeless children.

Wilder Foundation Services

The Wilder Foundation provides quality housing and support services that help families and individuals develop financial, employment, and living skills that will increase their chances of staying in their homes long-term. Wilder’s housing programs serve 30% of homeless families in Ramsey County.
Jackson Street Village provides site-based permanent housing for 24 previously homeless families in a supportive housing community.
Minnesota Place Apartments provides a safe and supportive environment for chronically homeless tenants to stabilize their housing and income, build relationships with others, and access appropriate services.
Project Quest offers scattered-site housing and support services to families in Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties.
The ROOF Project is a rapid re-housing program that provides housing and support services via a scatter site model to homeless families in Ramsey County.


Wilder Foundation Family Supportive Housing Services are part of the Ramsey County Coordinated Access to Housing and Shelter (CAHS) System. CAHS is the new way to access emergency shelter and supportive housing programs for families in Ramsey County. Families seeking emergency shelter should call CAHS at 651-215-2262.


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​If you are a family seeking emergency shelter and housing in Ramsey County, please call 651-215-2262.

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 Prior Crossing

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Read about Prior Crossing, a new supportive housing development for youth, in "Welcome Home," featured in the 2016 annual report.