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Why Stable Homes Stable Schools?

Investing in stable housing for young learners is proven to break the cycle of poverty, bringing long-term economic benefits to children and our communities.

During the 2017-18 school year, 7.3% of MPS students experienced homelessness. This instability correlates with lower attendance rates, test scores and graduation rates. While we know that these students are resilient and many are rising above the odds every day; it is also critical that families find stability so our students can reach their full potential. Housing costs continue to outpace wage growth and there is an extreme lack of affordable housing in Minneapolis. MPS is thrilled to be part of this initiative.

How will the program work?

Stable Homes Stable Schools is an innovative, collaborative effort between the city, the housing authority, the county, and the public schools–with additional assistance from the Pohlad Family Foundation.

  • The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) jointly funds direct rental assistance to families of elementary students experiencing homelessness. MPHA will administer the rental assistance with support from a contracted social service agency.
  • The Minneapolis Public Schools identify eligible families at 15 public schools across the city (schools listed below).
  • Hennepin County provides essential support services to help families succeed.
  • A grant from the Pohlad Family Foundation funds additional services targeted to families of students at risk of homelessness.

Which schools are participating and how were they chosen?

Elementary schools with the highest numbers of students experiencing homelessness were chosen to participate. These include:

Andersen, Anishinabe Bethune, Bryn Mawr, Cityview, Green Central, Hall, Hmong International, Jefferson, Jenny Lind, Lucy Laney, Nellie Stone Johnson, Pillsbury, Sheridan, and Sullivan

How do families get into the program?

School social workers in these elementary schools will be referring families with current students to the program. Not all families in those schools will be referred. Families will be referred based on availability and the requirements listed below.

Rental Assistance:

To be referred for rental assistance, families must be currently homeless, defined as “lack(ing) a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”, have household income near or below 30% of the Area Median Income and have at least one student in one of the 15 elementary schools. Priority will be given based on the family’s connection to the school (number of children enrolled and the number of years enrolled) and need. Need is assessed using educational and housing stability measures.

Housing Stability/Eviction Prevention:

To be referred for housing stability funds families must be currently housed and facing an eviction or threat to losing their housing. These funds can be used once per family. Income limits apply.

*Families at one of the participating schools should contact their school social worker if they are in need of this support.

Can families in need of housing transfer to one of the participating schools?

This initiative is focused on school stability, so we do not recommend transferring in the hopes of getting housing assistance. It is not likely that new transfers will be referred because families are prioritized in part by the length of time they have attended the school. There will not be enough openings to serve every family experiencing homelessness.

For more information visit MPHA's website.