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Housing and Homelessness

St. Louis County received grants from the Minnesota Housing Partnership and the Northland Foundation to undertake a planning process to develop a county-wide 10-year plan to end homelessness. A committee was formed to analyze the current state of the homeless problem in St. Louis County and to develop a comprehensive plan.

The end result is a county-wide plan which lays out clear goals and specific action plans that address root causes and provide permanent solutions. The Heading Home St Louis County- A Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness was adopted by the St Louis County Board of Commissioners. This plan is the guide for future resource allocation around the issue of homelessness in St. Louis County.

St. Louis County Continuum of Care

The St. Louis County Continuum of Care on Homelessness is a consortium of partners that includes homeless service providers, advocacy groups, government agencies and homeless individuals who are working together to address the housing and support service needs of the homeless in this region of the Duluth/St. Louis County.

The issues associated with the homeless can be complicated. Solutions to resolve these problems require considerable time, energy and financial resources.

The concept of a "Continuum of Care" seeks to address all aspects of homelessness including the needs of all of the homeless sub-populations, and uses a collaborative approach resulting in a set of goals that are shared by a broad range of participants in the community. A fully developed Continuum of Care system includes five fundamental components: outreach and assessment; emergency shelter; transitional housing; permanent housing; and supportive services, including homeless prevention activities.

 An effective Continuum of Care plan includes strategies to serve the specific needs of all the homeless subpopulations within the community and ensures that financial and other resources are used in a coordinated effort to provide the fill range of housing and service options needed to enable homeless persons to make the transition from the streets to stable work and environments and to achieve as high a level of self-sufficiency as possible


2013/2014 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFA Released

The St. Louis County Continuum of Care (CoC) is pleased to announce that a joint application will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding under the Continuum of Care McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant Program.

The total funding available for the FY 2013 Program Competition for  the Duluth/St. Louis County CoC totals: $2,688,004.  The CoC combined application is due to HUD on February 3, 2014.  Interested applicants will need to follow the requirements and deadlines explained in the Letter of Intent (LOI) and Rating & Ranking Process documents.

 The NOFA can be obtained at the following link:

The FY 2013-2014 Continuum of Care Competition has been published on November 22, 2013.  The deadline for submitting applications is on February 3, 2014.  The Notice of Funding Availability for the Fiscal Years 2013 & 2014 can be viewed by clicking on the text title.
For more information, visit the HUD website by clicking here: HUD FY2013 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFA: CoC Program Competition

If you have any questions or comments about the application, or are interested in applying, please contact Laura DeRosier, St. Louis County CoC Coordinator at 218/725-5236, or 

2013 Letter of Intent and Timeline

2013 Review and Ranking Process

2013 Ranking Policies and Procedures

2013 Review and Ranking Committee Recommendation

2013 St. Louis County Priority Listing (Ranking)

FY 2013/2014 St. Louis County Consolidated Application

Homeless Prevention Programs


Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)

In 1993, the Minnesota Legislature established the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program to assist families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. FHPAP is administered by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and represents a preventative approach to homelessness.

Legislation established a set of desired outcomes concerning the prevention of homelessness, including shortening the length of stay in emergency housing, and eliminating repeated periods of homelessness among families. This program, funded on a biennial basis, is designed to encourage and support innovation at the local, county, and regional level, to redesign the existing response system to homelessness, or to establish a comprehensive system.

FHPAP initiatives in St. Louis County provide three critical services. These are flex funds which can be used for deposits, moving expenses and other costs necessary to access and maintain permanent housing; stabilization services; and housing resource services. St. Louis County contracts with seven nonprofit agencies to provide these services across the county. In the first year of funding, stabilization services were able to prevent 79% of households served from becoming homeless.

Funding Available

The Minnesota Legislature has approved funds through a Minnesota Housing Finance Agency biennium grant allocation. The current funds are available from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015. Participants requiring homeless prevention assistance may contact one of the St Louis County Service Providers lisyed below to determine eligibility. Service providers determine eligibility based on Minnesota residency, denial of St Louis County Emergency Assistance, household income (currently set at less than 200 % Federal Poverty Guidelines) determination of housing crisis and documentation of the ability to maintain housing stability. All participants receiving Services or Direct Assistance will be documented and information will be entered into the Minnesota Housing Information System (HMIS).

FHPAP Service Providers

AICHO Dabinoo'Igan Shelter. Contact Patti Larsen at 218-722-7225
American Indian Community Housing Organization. Contact: Patti Larsen at 218-722-7225.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Organization (AEOA). Contact: Michelle Lampton at 218-748-6841.
Legal Aid Duluth, MN. Contact: Gwen Updegraff at 218-623-8100.
Legal Aid Virginia, MN. Contact: Heather Lindula at 218-749-3270
Life House, Inc. Contact: Erich Lutz or Eric Goetz at 218-722-7431
Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women. Contact: Brittany Robb at 218-728-6481
Salvation Army Duluth, MN. Contact: Elise Strader at 218-722-7934

FHPAP is supported by The Leadership Advisory Council which meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Cotton Town Hall in Cotton, MN.

FHPAP Documentation

FHPAP Contact: Stacy Radosevich: 218-726-2543 or