Stable, Affordable Housing

The Wilder Foundation provides quality supportive housing services that help families and individuals develop financial, employment, and living skills that will increase their chances of staying in their homes long-term.
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 2015, counted 9,312 homeless adults, youth, and children in shelters, transitional housing, and on the streets. More than one-third of the people experiencing homelessness 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.

Supportive Housing Sites and Services

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 2-1-1 (United Way) or CAHS at 651-215-2262.


 Quick Links


 Access Housing Services

​If you are seeking emergency shelter and housing in Minnesota, please call 2-1-1 (United Way).

 Related Research


​Find information and data about homelessness from Wilder Research:

Homelessness in Minnesota: Statewide Survey Results

Homelessness and Housing Research Publications


 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.