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ISSUE DATE: 02/2012

The Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program is coordinated by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA). It assists single adults without children, families with children, and youth, who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The goals of the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program are to:

Prevent homelessness.

Reduce the length of stay in emergency housing.

Eliminate repeated episodes of homelessness.

Funds are distributed by MHFA to local grantees who design the means for achieving these outcomes using programs and approaches that make sense in the local community. This may include rental assistance, a revolving loan fund for security deposits, and mortgage foreclosure prevention assistance.

In addition to housing assistance, program participants receive information, referral, and supportive services.

In the 7-county metro area, the county is the grantee. In other counties, grantees may include a county, group of counties, Indian tribal organization, or community-based non-profit agency.

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