Bridge to Shelter Act Presented in Senate Health and Human Services Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Wednesday April 3rd, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard The Bridge to Shelter Act, authored by Senator Zaynab Mohamed (DFL-Minneapolis). The bill appropriates $60 million per year to the Department of Human Services for grants to the three metropolitan area continuums of care and to four continuums of care outside the seven-county metropolitan area. The grants must be used to address unmet needs in existing homelessness prevention programs, which include:

  • Crisis response services
  • Shelters and outreach
  • Unsheltered navigation services
  • Housing-focused case management

“Every human needs a roof over their head when they go home at night,” said Sen. Mohamed. “We face a crisis in unsheltered homelessness in Minnesota. As home to one of the coldest rural counties in the country, it is unacceptable to have anyone live outside at any time of year, but especially in the winter. Across our state, our goal is the same: no Minnesotan should experience unsheltered homelessness. This investment is critical, and I will continue to ensure the most vulnerable Minnesotans are heard at the Capitol.”

Almost 30 organizations, including non-profits, cities, and counties support The Bridge to Shelter Act. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a future omnibus bill. You can watch the entire bill presentation here.

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Senator Zaynab Mohamed represents Senate District 63 which includes Minneapolis. She is vice chair of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee, and serves on the Capital Investment Committee, Finance Committee, and the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee.
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