Stable Homes Stable Schools
The Stable Homes, Stable Schools initiative is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and Hennepin County to provide direct support to families who are experiencing housing instability.
The City and the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority propose to provide rental assistance for up to 320 families and as many as 650 students experiencing homelessness enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) over the course of three years. MPHA will manage the initiative during a three-year pilot with the goal of helping stabilize the families and connecting them with other support services.
Program overview and participating schools
Beginning in 2019, the Stable Homes, Stable Schools initiative will be funded with $3.35 million from the City and $1.4 million from MPHA. The Pohlad Family Foundation is contributing $500,000 for the first two years of the program.
While public and philanthropy partners will provide necessary funding for the program, the program’s success depends on a strong alliance and critical support from the business community and other community partners to provide rental units,employment opportunities and other services for families.
The University of Minnesota is also a partner and will evaluate responses to student homelessness in partnership with the State of Minnesota Homework Starts with Home program. Researchers will measure what interventions are most successful and the housing stability and educational outcomes for families involved in the program.
Partners hope to launch the three-year pilot program in Spring 2019.
Ward 1: Pillsbury Community
Ward 2: Anishinabe Academy, Anne Sullivan
Ward 3: Sheridan International Fine Arts
Ward 4: Cityview, Jenny Lind, Lucy Craft Laney
Ward 5: Bethune, Elizabeth Hall International, Hmong International Academy, Nellie Stone Johnson
Ward 7: Bryn Mawr
Ward 9: Andersen United, Green Central
Ward 10: Jefferson
Children and youth experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis schools
During the 2017-18 school year, Minneapolis Public Schools identified 5,002 children and youth experiencing homelessness. Of that total, 3,069 were enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools—about 7 percent of all enrolled students.
MPS relies on the homeless definition outlined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: “Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”
University of Minnesota research has shown that homelessness negatively impacts academic outcomes for students. Increasing housing stability is one of the best ways to support students and tackle disparities in educational outcomes.
How to get involved
Property owners with available rental units interested in participating should contact the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. More information is available at mphaonline.org/stablehomes.
Minneapolis Public Schools will identify families who might benefit from the program. Families cannot apply to MPHA or the City directly. Interested families with children enrolled at a participating school should contact their school social worker for an application.
Last updated Feb 21, 2019