Heading Home Northwest Minnesota

Homelessness is a human tragedy with steep, long-term costs. The ripple effects of this problem reach all corners of our communities. Now is the time for Northwestern Minnesota to implement a plan that will end this costly human tragedy in our region.

In Northwestern Minnesota, we don’t see the obvious signs of homelessness—cardboard shelters in alleys, ever-present panhandlers on main streets, crowds of the needy outside emergency shelters. The homeless of rural areas such as ours are called the “hidden homeless.” They move from one unstable, sub-standard or cost-burdened situation to another, hidden from the eyes of the wider community.

Rather than managing homelessness with these expensive crisis services, Minnesota is shifting to a research-based effort to end long-term homelessness and prevent new cases of homelessness. Regional entities across the state are implementing comprehensive plans with involvement from citizens, all levels of government, schools, faith communities, funders, and homeless service agencies.

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Heading Home Northwest Minnesota serves: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Roseau, and Red Lake counties as well as Red Lake Nation, White Earth Reservation, and a small portion of Leech Lake Reservation.