Northeast Regional Project  

project mapThe Northeast 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 260 children, adults, and unaccompanied youth received supportive housing through the Northeast Project in 2013.

The Northeast Project is a unique collaboration among counties, bands, community partners, government and service agencies. In 2006, seven northern counties and three bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe joined Hearth Connection to establish the Northeast Regional Project to End Long-Term Homelessness. Households in the Project receive supportive services from trained case managers at local service agencies and rental assistance administered by Hearth thumbnailSee participant outcomes for 2013

Within the long-term homeless population, there is an emphasis on engagement with American Indians due to the disproportionate numbers of indigenous people experiencing homelessness. In 2013, more than half of adult participants in the Northeast project were American Indian.


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 as well.  Check out a recent summary of participant outcomes from 2013 here.

  • Targeting the Most Vulnerable: The average length of time spent homeless before enrolling in the Northeast project is 4.9 years. Three in five participants have a mental health disability or substance use issue.rapid housing graph
  • Rapid Housing: In 2013, almost three-quarters of households secured permanent housing within the first month of enrollment.
  • Supporting Stability and Skills: After housing and safety, participants showed the greatest improvements in access to childcare, family relations, and functioning with disabilities.