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Hearth Connection's collaborative projects help break the cycle of long-term homelessness in rural, suburban, and metropolitan, and tribal areas across Minnesota.  In 2012, Hearth Connection and its partners provided access to supportive housing for over 1,220 children, adults, and unaccompanied youth in our projects.  

By bridging health care, housing, and human service systems, we connect resources to help service providers and communities serve people in stable housing.  Through a large network of contracted providers, families and individuals in our projects receive housing and services to overcome long histories of homelessness and improve their well-being.


34 counties, 3 tribal bands, and 1 mission: end homelessness.  The regional projects are the result of unique collaborations among government, tribes, nonprofits, and other community partners to offer permanent supportive housing to people experiencing long-term homelessness. Hearth Connection manages the regional projects that serve vulnerable children, youth, and adults with an emphasis on flexibility and participant choice. Our network of collaborative partners includes 3 tribal bands, 34 counties, and 25 service agencies in metropolitan, suburban, and rural areas of Minnesota.  Learn more about the Metro, Northeast, and Southern Regional Projects.


Several new initiatives have been launched in recent years to link health care systems with supportive housing.  These initiatives work with homeless and ill or disabled participants to offer them safe and stable housing with supportive services.  Through data collection and evaluation, Hearth Connection seeks to learn if supportive housing services can decrease Medicaid spending, lower public health costs, and improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. Learn about our Medica Supportive Housing Project, Hospital to Home Projects, and the 2 year report on Hospital to Home.

Chemical Dependency

Lack of stable housing impedes efforts to recover.  The Southern Chemical Dependency Project offers supportive housing for adults with long histories of homelessness, substance abuse, and treatment attempts.  Using a service model based on best practices and the Housing First model, trained staff provide services to reduce harm and empower individuals to work towards their own recovery.

See also: Who we serve   |   Service Partners  |  Service Model