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Housing Stabilization Services

What It Is

Housing Stabilization Services is a Medical Assistance (MA) benefit that helps people with disabilities and seniors find and keep housing. Disabilities can be related to physical, developmental, intellectual, mental or chemical health.

It is for people who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, at risk of institutionalization, or living in an institution or some types of group settings, including nursing facilities, Adult Foster Care, and Board and Lodge.

What It Offers

There are three types of Housing Stabilization Services:

  • Housing consultation: A housing consultant helps a person who doesn’t have case management develop a person-centered plan that addresses their needs, wants, and goals for living in the community. Co-creating this plan with the person is the first step.
    • Examples: Developing a housing focused person-centered plan based on the person’s needs, wants, and goals for housing; helping a person make an informed choice in their housing transition or sustaining services provider; offering resources related to non-housing goals; and coordinating with other service providers already working with the person.
  • Housing transition services: A housing transition services provider (a person or agency) helps a person plan for, find, and move into housing.
    • Examples: Helping the person think about preferred housing; with the housing search and application processes; developing a budget; and understanding a lease.
    • Important: You do not need a source of housing funding, income, or job in order to get housing transition services.
  • Housing sustaining services: A housing sustaining services provider (a person or agency) helps a person keep their housing after they have moved in.
    • Examples: Education on tenant-landlord rights and responsibilities; coaching to develop relationships with property managers and neighbors; training on how to be a good tenant; lease compliance; and problem-solving to maintain housing stability.

Note: Housing Stabilization Services do not pay for housing or goods.

HSS Providers and Other Resources

Housing Stabilization Services Training for Coordinated Entry

HSS Providers in Southern St. Louis County
Provider Contact Notes
Northstar Community Services Stacey Nordby
218-542-4078
Email
 
Oak Tree Services Email Email for a referrall form / packet
Residential Services Inc. (RSI) of Northeastern MN Joel Longtine
218-740-7614
Serves people with disabilities in southern St. Louis and Carlton Counties.
Tender Love and Care of Duluth Ryan Underwood
218-724-3640 x107
Email
Focus on serving people with disabilities who want to live independently in the community but will work with those outside that criteria.
Global Health Link 651-374-1623 Or contact via email
Simple Health Solutions Stevy Jansen stevy@simplehealthservices.org
BRIDGES to Success (At Home Living) Jen Anderson
218-728-1189 ext 407
Referral Form
Family Rise Together Kim Nordin, Community Housing Manager
218-461-1722
Email
Interested individuals are invited to complete an Intake Form. FRT staff will follow up within 1 week.

 

 

HSS Providers in Northern St. Louis County
Provider Contact Notes
Range Transitional Housing Kelly Sula
Email
 
ACCRA Mariaha Woitel
218-270-5288
Email
 

 

 

Housing Support

What is Housing Support?

Housing Support, formerly known as Group Residential Housing (GRH), is a state-funded income supplement to help older adults and people with disabilities who have low incomes pay for their housing expenses. In order to prevent and/or reduce homelessness or institutionalization and promote housing stability, Housing Support provides financial support for rent, utilities, household needs, food, and services for eligible individuals.

When is Housing Support authorized?

Housing Support is authorized when the:

  1. Person is eligible to receive Housing Support
  2. Provider has an active Housing Support Agreement with the county or tribe
  3. Place satisfies all settings requirements (i.e., lease, applicable licensure or registration, completed habitability inspections)

Who is eligible to receive Housing Support?

A person is eligible to receive Housing Support room/board if they:

  1. are age 18 or older with a certified disability or disabling condition or are age 65 or older
  2. have low income and low assets
  3. reside in a setting authorized by the county or tribe with a Housing Support Agreement

To qualify to receive Housing Support supplemental services, a person must also require assistance in two of the following four areas:

  1. Tenancy supports (Example: maintaining tenant responsibilities, conflict negotiation, etc.)
  2. Supportive services (example: budgeting, cooking, cleaning, hygiene, monitoring of overall well-being, etc.)
  3. Employment supports (Example: find and maintain job)
  4. Health supervision services (Example: Ensuring medication accessibility, assistance with scheduling appointments, etc.)

The Housing Support provider does not need to be the one providing these services, rather the provider assists residents to get their needs met- sometimes providing services and other times referring and coordinating care for individuals.

Where is Housing Support used in St. Louis County?

Housing Support is used in 2 different types of settings

  1. Group settings are places where meals are provided on site, staff are present, and services are provided. Typically, these include Board and Lodges.  For a list of North and South SLC Board and Lodges, click here: North and South BL LIST

  1. Community Settings are typically smaller scattered sites, require a lease and the individual is typically eligible for food support through the supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (pending individual eligibility). Services are also provided. Typically, these are Long Term Homeless Supportive Housing programs.  In addition to the above requirements, an individual also must qualify as long term homeless (1 year continuous or 4 times in 3 years) For a list of LTH providers, please click here: North and South LTH LIST

Housing Support Providers

Housing Support is used in 2 different types of settings

  1. Group settings are places where meals are provided on site, staff are present, and services are provided. Typically, these include Board and Lodges.  For a list of North and South SLC Board and Lodges, click here: North and South BL LIST

  1. Community Settings are typically smaller scattered sites, require a lease and the individual is typically eligible for food support through the supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (pending individual eligibility). Services are also provided. Typically, these are Long Term Homeless Supportive Housing programs.  In addition to the above requirements, an individual also must qualify as long term homeless (1 year continuous or 4 times in 3 years) For a list of LTH providers, please click here: North and South LTH LIST

Interested in becoming a Housing Support Provider?

If you are interested in becoming a Housing Support provider

  1. Contact the Housing Support Programs Team (HSPT) at 218.726.2120 or email HousingSupportPrograms@StLouisCountyMN.gov
  2. Review the St. Louis County Manual for the program you are interested in.
    1. Group Settings (such as Board and Lodges)
    2. Community Settings (such as Long Term Homeless Supportive Housing) 
  3. Attend the Housing Support provider orientation part I to learn more about the Housing Support program, provider requirements, program policies and priorities. 
  4. If you are interested in proceeding with becoming a provider, work with the HSPT on next steps.
  5. Attend the Housing Support provider orientation part II.   

Contact

Kevin Radzak
 
Lindsey Jenc