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New AmeriCorps program in Minnesota created to respond to housing crisis


August 10, 2021

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

AmeriCorps volunteers organized and worked on distributing boxes of free food from the Harding High School parking lot in July 2020 in St. Paul.

Starting in September, 85 AmeriCorps members will deploy to nonprofits and counties statewide in a newly created program to help Minnesotans on the verge of homelessness or those already without a home.

The new Heading Home Corps, which is still looking for applicants, was launched in response to the housing crisis in Minnesota. The program's aim is to reinforce nonprofits and counties with extra staffing needed to connect Minnesotans to services - an urgent issue, especially with pandemic-related eviction moratoriums ending.

"There's a huge need among nonprofit and government agencies serving individuals experiencing homelessness," said Andrew Mueller, director of talent acquisition at the program. "It's definitely growing into a more emergency issue in Minnesota."


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