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Office of Economic Opportunity
Helping Minnesota families achieve self-sufficiency
The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) administers nearly 200 grants annually, totaling approximately $35 million, to more than 150 grantee organizations for programs designed to remove the barriers imposed by poverty on the health and development of individuals and families.
Operating within the Minnesota Department of Human Services, OEO links with diverse partners, including Community Action Agencies, Indian Tribes, food and shelter programs, the Minnesota Community Action Partnership, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Head Start Association, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, the Minnesota WorkForce Center System, AccountAbility Minnesota, United Way, University of Minnesota Extension and the Department of Family Social Science, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Wilder Research, and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.
By working in partnership with these community-based providers, OEO helps people fulfill basic needs for food, clothing and shelter, and attain the skills, knowledge and motivation to become more self-reliant.
Guiding Principles for Partnerships
Working with others, OEO values and recognizes the unique knowledge, ability and independence of people. OEO is committed to treating all persons fairly and maintaining credibility by matching actions with words.
Effective communications is key to facilitating good working relationships with partners OEO is committed to keeping lines of communication open and strives to develop solutions to problems, share program improvement ideas and provide information on new developments.
A team approach is the to best way lead to effective solutions OEO welcomes opportunities to think outside traditional ways and come up with "best strategies" for program development, conflict resolutions or compliance issues. OEO is open to change and works to explore options for mutually agreeable solutions. The goal is for agencies to function independently with OEO's support to meet the needs of local communities within parameters set by legislation.
Empowerment through diversity
As a voice of the poor in state government, OEO is receptive to the cultural diversity, multiple perspectives, and varying abilities of people in poverty. Diversity in terms of (but not limited to) race, religion, culture, socio-economic background, family generational history, physical and mental ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation and veteran status is respected and valued.
Ethical Code of Conduct
Honesty and integrity are part of our foundation, in working without grantees we will establish an ethical tone, comply with applicable laws, regulations and policies, act honestly and ethically, ensure accuracy and reliability of information and report any violations of code.
Public comments invited
Five-year plan to meet housing and community development needs
Minnesota is required to submit a Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development every five years, outlining the state's goals and strategy for using federal funds to meet identified housing and community development needs. The action plan and the state's performance toward meeting goals are updated annually. The Minnesota Department of Human Services administers the Emergency Shelter Grants Program, which provides funding to homeless shelters and homeless service providers. It is one of the programs covered under the Consolidated Plan. The public is invited to review and submit comments on any of these three draft documents through Dec. 15, 2011.
Minnesota Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, 2012-2016 (PDF)
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