Program to help Minnesotans with housing serves over 7,500
August 11, 2021
A housing benefit for people at high risk of homelessness has served more than 7,500 Minnesotans statewide since it launched in July 2020, almost triple the number anticipated.
Last year, Minnesota became the first state to offer Housing Stabilization Services as a basic Medicaid benefit. The program serves older adults and people with disabilities, including mental illness and substance use disorder, by reducing barriers that keep them from getting and keeping housing. The benefit supports people in managing a housing budget, interacting with landlords and neighbors, and understanding the rules of a lease.
Offering housing stabilization as part of the Medicaid program recognizes the connection between health and stable housing.
Through the support of nearly 300 providers, Housing Stabilization Services has been reaching populations disproportionately affected by homelessness. Data analysis shows that 40% of the people served in the first year were Black and 5% were American Indian.
“Watching the impact of Housing Stabilization Services on people at risk of homelessness has been incredible,” Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead said. “Helping people find and maintain stable housing is important to sustaining health and stability.”
More information about Housing Stabilization Services is available online.