County funding aimed at helping homeless

By Christiaan tarbox
Sun Post Newspapers

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners accepted funding that will assist in the housing of people suffering from mental illnesses who are either homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless.

During its April 11 meeting, the board agreed to accept $759,450 of Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, which will be used to finance outreach, case management and other services. In 2016, the initiative found housing for 46 chronically homeless clients.

According to the county, services are based on evidence-based practices meant to build upon a client’s existing strengths and life goals. The funding will be set for the period between Jan. 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

In other board news, $2 million worth of funding was approved to extend contracts for a Hennepin County initiative that offers early intervention to young people at risk of becoming truant for the [email protected] program. The program is operated by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and is currently extending contracts with a dozen vendors including YWCA of Minneapolis, the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and Headway Emotional Health Services. The services target county youth ages 5-17 who are referred to the program when the child has six unexcused absences and is at risk for a truancy petition.

Other board news:

The board also approved a funding agreement with Ramsey County for the maintenance of the Lake Street Bridge that crosses over the Mississippi River, connecting Minneapolis to St. Paul. Both counties will pay half of the estimated $1.4 million cost of the project, which is set to begin this summer and end in fall 2018.