There's progress for the homeless in Hennepin County

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 26, 2013 - 10:26 PM

Hennepin County is midway through an intensive two-year pilot project aimed at getting people who haven’t had shelter for a long time into stable housing. Results look positive.

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johnmplsSep. 26, 1310:51 PM

Thank you.

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dtmonkeyboySep. 27, 1312:29 AM

Mental illness, drug abuse, depression....all contribute. Then, if you lose your connection to family and a job the spiral down is unstoppable. We can either do nothing and let these people stay on the street where they decline further and cause problems, or we can look for a long term solution.

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circleoflifeSep. 27, 13 6:54 AM

I would like to extend my thanks to the Catholic Church. Nice to see that it's not just the negative about Catholics that is reported on. Keep up the great work!!!

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honeybooSep. 27, 13 7:47 AM

Let's not forget the underlying causes of poverty - a bad economy, failing schools, teen pregnancy, government dependency. Let's fix the real problems that underly much homelessness.

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bannedmuggsSep. 27, 13 8:31 AM

The award winning star trib did a nice job giving the credit to Hennepin County when, in fact the real credit goes to Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. A while back I sat in on a chancery meeting with the metro counties and the Salvation Army where this was proposed by the Catholic Church. Come on, star trib, we know you are doing all you can to injure the Church but give credit where credit is due. You think politicians would have pulled this off?

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elle2008Sep. 27, 13 8:33 AM

My sincere thanks to all those working to help the homeless. Best news I have heard in months.

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mjcmspSep. 27, 13 9:45 AM

"The award winning star trib did a nice job giving the credit to Hennepin County when, in fact the real credit goes to Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. A while back I sat in on a chancery meeting with the metro counties and the Salvation Army where this was proposed by the Catholic Church. Come on, star trib, we know you are doing all you can to injure the Church but give credit where credit is due. You think politicians would have pulled this off?" ----- This is very much a collaborative effort and the county plays a role. I personally know someone on the county side of this who has assisted with getting people out of the shelter and into stable housing. There isn't just one group that deserves credit.

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bannedmuggsSep. 27, 1310:26 AM

"The award winning star trib did a nice job giving the credit to Hennepin County when, in fact the real credit goes to Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. A while back I sat in on a chancery meeting with the metro counties and the Salvation Army where this was proposed by the Catholic Church. Come on, star trib, we know you are doing all you can to injure the Church but give credit where credit is due. You think politicians would have pulled this off?" ----- This is very much a collaborative effort and the county plays a role. I personally know someone on the county side of this who has assisted with getting people out of the shelter and into stable housing. There isn't just one group that deserves credit. ============================ I'm not saying that there aren't good people working for the county. If you read the headline and the article, you would gather that Hennepin County is responsible for this initiative and that the Archdiocese is a small party to it. My point is, Hennepin County is not responsible for starting this program. And if one knew the history of the star trib, one knows that the way this topic was reported was a purposeful shot.

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ganniecaSep. 27, 13 7:21 PM

wish other cities could learn from Minneapolis. It is much cheaper to treat your fellow citizens respectfully, humanely, and give them support so they can get back on their feet.. some will need continued help but much cheaper thatn paying for emergency room visits, cops, and other things that can happen. Great going Hennepin co. Much better than how in Fresno, CA.. the City of Fresno bulldozes the homeless camps, tearing down tents and shacks and pushing the homeless away.. with no place to go.. over 3000 homeless and only 200 beds. thank you Minneapolis, Hennepin Co in spending pennies to invest in ending homelessness..and saving dollars. google "Fresno + community alliance + Homeless" to see how Not to treat the homeless. How it cost tax payers millions more and abuses human rights.

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ganniecaSep. 27, 13 9:52 PM

I love Rochelle Olson's articles. Thanks for the report of how pennies in save dollars later. I wish I won a million dollars so I could double the pay of employees of the 51 project and money for the homeless people to get a shot at life again and become tax payers again.

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