ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, a collaboration of the Commissioners of 11 state agencies created by Governor Dayton, announced Minnesota’s new Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Senator Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis) praised the comprehensive plan to provide housing for all Minnesotans.
The council detailed strategies and actions under two major goals in the plan: 1) Prevent and End Homelessness for Families with Children and Unaccompanied Youth by 2020; and 2) Finish the Job of Ending Homelessness for Veterans and for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness by 2015.
Senator Dibble released the following statement:
“Access to adequate and affordable housing is a human right that every Minnesotan deserves. I’m proud that Governor Dayton and these agencies came together with support and direction from the legislature to address homelessness in a thoughtful and intelligent way. I look forward to working with these partners to help put the Council’s plan into action.
Preventing and ending homelessness matters to Minnesota’s future. Children and youth need stable homes to succeed in school, to develop relationships with peers and community, and eventually to contribute to society as adults. Families and single adults, including Veterans, need stable homes to secure and maintain health and employment. We must also consider the future financial health of our community. Homelessness is expensive. By turning expenditures on homelessness to investments in housing stability, we can both advance the well-being of Minnesotans and maximize the value of public investments in housing.
This report shows what can come from collaboration. This gives us a vision for the future, and a roadmap to get there. The report highlighted 12 strategies. Additionally, the plan assigns responsibilities, is transparent and provides an unprecedented level of accountability.
No plan is perfect however. There are policies that we can change this legislative session to expedite the impact of this plan. First and foremost, it is critical that we pass an anti-bullying bill as soon as we can. The scourge of homophobia and unsafe environments for our children is a major cause of youth homelessness. The sooner we get this legislation through, the safer our children can feel.”