Metro Regional Project

project mapThe Metro Regional Project to End Long-Term Homelessness offers services and affordable housing to people with long histories of homelessness and complex barriers to health, housing, and stability.  Over 781 children, adults, and unaccompanied youth received supportive housing through the Metro Project in 2013. 

Throughout its history, the Metro Project has been a unique collaboration among counties, community partners, government and service agencies. Households in the Metro Project receive supportive services from trained case managers at local nonprofits and rental assistance administered by Hearth Connection.

2013 report thumbnailSee participant outcomes from 2013Ramsey County was one of two original counties in Hearth Connection’s Pilot, which ran from 2001 to 2007.  In 2006, six additional metropolitan and suburban counties joined to establish the Metro Regional Project to End Long-Term Homelessness.

Learn more about the Hospital to Home and Medica Supportive Housing projects, which offer supportive housing and health care coordination in the Metro region.


Results show that once connected with housing and services, participants experience a dramatic increase in housing stability and begin to see improvements in other areas of life.  Check out a recent summary of participant outcomes for 2013 here

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  • Targeting the Most Vulnerable: The average length of time spent homeless before enrolling in the Metro Regional Project is 8.6 years. Participants are significantly impacted by chronic health problems (38%), mental health disabilities (81%), and other conditions.
  • Gaining and Maintaining Housing: In 2013, almost three in five households secured permanent housing within two months of enrollment. 70% of households maintained housing stability for at least one year (no more than one move per year).
  • Supporting Stability and Skills: After housing and community involvement, participants in the Metro Project showed the most improvements in functioning in the following areas: safety, mobility (transportation), and family relations.