Who We Serve

Anyone -- regardless of race, gender, income or background -- can become trapped in a cycle of long-term homelessness. Most people with long histories of homelessness have a disability or chronic illness. Without a home, people can get stuck in shelters due to extreme poverty, health crises or lack of affordable housing options.

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Our supportive housing projects focus on people who are vulnerable and have long histories of living on the street, in shelters or cars, doubled up (“couch hopping”) at a relative or friend’s place, or bouncing from one chaotic situation to the next. To enter our program, participants must be experiencing long-term homelessness and facing complex challenges.

We serve a wide variety of people including:

  • families with children
  • single adults
  • veterans
  • unaccompanied youth

Hearth Connection works alongside a variety of community partners to improve the lives of Minnesotans who have experienced long-term homelessness. Our network of supportive housing is found in 34 counties and include housing opportunities in rural, suburban and metro areas.

In addition to long histories of homelessness, individuals enrolled in our programs are often facing multiple barriers to stable housing, such as chronic health conditions, mental illness, chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS, trauma and other issues.

We serve women who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual trafficking and unaccompanied youth who have fled homes riddled with abuse and neglect. Special projects in Southern, Metropolitan and Northeastern Minnesota also emphasize outreach to targeted populations, i.e. American Indians or people experiencing chronic health conditions. Hearth Connection believes that our work in ending homelessness must include efforts to address disparities including the over-representation of African Americans, American Indians, and people with disabilities in homeless populations.