Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

Shelter saves lives. Housing ends homelessness.

aka MCH   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  www.mnhomelesscoalition.org

Mission

Our mission is to generate public policies, community support, and local resources for housing and services to end homelessness in Minnesota.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Rhonda Otteson

Main address

2233 University Avenue West Suite 423

Saint Paul, MN 55114 USA

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EIN

41-1601248

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (P05)

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Public Policy

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless is the only statewide organization that advocates to end homelessness. We accomplish our work through deep engagement with people experiencing homelessness, member organizations, and partners across Minnesota.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Public Policy

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Public Policy

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Holding steady

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Holding steady

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Public Policy

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Holding steady

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Dollars of funding secured through our advocacy efforts

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MCH works closely with our members and allies to generate support and investments in housing and services to prevent and end homelessness. MCH works to advance a policy agenda focused on solutions that address the need for housing across the continuum, from emergency housing solutions to bold investments in building and preserving homes across Minnesota. We envision a Minnesota where everyone has a safe & dignified home.

Community Engagement and Organizing:
MCH’s community engagement extends to all areas of the state in order to build public awareness, inform interested parties and influence perceptions on both the causes and realities of homelessness and housing instability in Minnesota. To be successful, having an effective and credible statewide voice is a priority and engaging communities is critical to achieving genuine support. Statewide support is crucial to garnering the support of policymakers that result in policy change at the legislature. A growing focus of our work is centering the voices of people most impacted by homelessness and housing instability. MCH is the facilitator and convener of the Regional Expert Network. In this role, MCH partners with organizations and Experts (people with lived experience of homelessness or housing instability) to integrate their voices and influence at the decision-making table in policy advocacy, philanthropy, and the 7-County Homeless Response System. MCH is expanding this work by growing the network from six organizations to twelve.

Communications:
MCH’s communications department plays a key role in our success by creating and disseminating critical information on an array of platforms to diverse audiences including advocates, philanthropists, lawmakers, general supporters, coalition members, individuals with lived experience and the media. This work results in statewide legislative engagement, support and action. MCH works to amplify the stories of people with lived experience resulting in compelling narratives to shift the public understanding of homelessness and housing instability. MCH’s social media presence is significant, with about 16,000 people who subscribe to our content and an additional 9,000 receiving newsletters and advocacy action alerts.

Policy & Systems Change:
MCH’s public policy initiatives are vital to the overall success of our advocacy efforts and to create systems change. MCH engages in a year-round legislative agenda setting process that includes input from various stakeholders including people with lived experience, direct service providers, member organizations, key allies and based in data and research. MCH uses a team approach to gather input and insight to identify systems change and policy change priorities--bringing a depth of understanding across the organization to inform our engagement efforts and communications approaches.

Deepen engagement throughout Minnesota, increase partnerships with people with lived experience of homelessness/housing instability;
Developed and advance meaningful policy to end homelessness and advance housing stability so everyone has a home;
Amplify our mission/message through effective, strategic communications work to shift the narrative about homelessness and its solutions;
Execute impactful community engagement events.

2021 Policy/Funding Achievements:
-$12 million for the Emergency Services Programs to fund staffing, motel vouchers, street outreach and operations (emergency shelter)
-$1 million/year investment over four years for the shelter infrastructure improvements
-Increased funding for the Housing Supports program which provides housing, basic needs for individuals with disabilities and seniors to get and maintain stable housing
-Policy change to allow people in the Housing Support program to seek health, mental health and addiction treatment without losing their home (previously, a person could only be gone from their home for 17 consecutive days, creating a barrier to treatment for mental health and addiction)
-$100 million in Housing Infrastructure bonds to build/preserve safe and dignified homes
-$15 million for shelter infrastructure to preserve and expand shelter capacity

2020 Impact:
-Eviction Moratorium to ensure housing stability for people during the pandemic;
-$26.5 million for Emergency Services Grants for emergency shelter operations;
-$5.5 million for Housing Supports-provides a rental subsidy for permanent housing;
-$100 million for housing assistance to prevent homelessness;
-$116 million to build/preserve safe, dignified homes.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Regional Expert Network,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To directly inform our policy and systems change work; to select our policy priorities each year, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless engages people with lived experience homelessness, member organizations, other homeless/housing services providers in identifying policy priorities, advocating for the priorities, and sharing in these achievements. Every item on our policy agenda is identified as a problem and/or solution by people with lived experience of homelessness. We believe that the people most impacted by homelessness and housing instability hold deep knowledge and their input is essential in finding solutions.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andy Pomroy

Fredrikson & Byron

Term: 2022 - 2023


Board co-chair

Robert DeChellis

Bonsai

Term: 2022 - 2023

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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