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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.


Point in Time Unsheltered Survey

St. Louis County’s Public Health and Human Service Department is conducting its annual survey to identify people who are homeless and not staying in a shelter on the night of January 24, 2018. This count is required by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and county staff are working with community service providers and agencies to complete it.

Survey Form (South)

Observation Tool (South)

Survey Form (North)

Observation Tool (North)


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: Call the Coordinated Entry System at '211'