Homeless programs support drop-in centers, shelters, and transitional housing programs operated by Community Action Agencies, tribal governments and other nonprofit organizations in order to prevent homelessness, providing safe shelter, and heightened ability of homeless households to secure and maintain stable, independent housing and economic self-reliance.
Programs receiving grant support from the Office of Economic Opportunity include:
• The Minnesota Transitional Housing Program (THP) provides housing assistance (at congregate facilities and scattered-site apartments) and support services to people who are homeless.
• The Emergency Services Program (ESP) funds the cost of providing shelter and support services to people who are homeless.
• The Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESGP) funds homeless prevention activities, rapid rehousing, and the operating and support service costs of shelter programs.
• The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) provides funding to non-profits that provide street outreach, drop-in centers, emergency shelter, transitional living programs and/or supportive housing for runaway, at-risk and homeless youth.
• The Support Systems for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY), a state-local demonstration grant from the US DHHS Family & Youth Services Bureau, develops and implements transitional living programs for homeless youth in rural areas.
Programs receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the state of Minnesota. Funding is distributed through a biennial competitive grant process.
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