211 Hope Starts Here Fund
When you support the 211 Hope Starts Here Fund, you support 211, a critical lifeline for our neighbors in need of housing assistance.
The economic impact of COVID-19 has made the housing crisis in the Twin Cities region more severe. During the most frigid months of winter, many of our neighbors urgently need emergency shelter, help paying bills and the kindness of people who care. Yet, navigating services is complex, leaving many feeling hopeless.The need for change is now.
211 + RentHelpMN
In partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 resource helpline, the state of Minnesota recently launched RentHelpMN, a new rental assistance program making it possible for low and moderate-income renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities.
211 Resource Helpline
Questions and Answers
What is the 211 resource helpline?
Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 resource helpline – available 24/7 and in 100+ languages – is staffed by certified community resource specialists who are trained to provide referrals to resources and services, including housing, food, childcare, education and employment. 211 specialists leverage 40,000+ statewide resources, address 52 urgent needs every hour and provide approximately 460,000 referrals per year.
Why did United Way create the 211 Hope Starts Here Fund?
Greater Twin Cities United Way created the fund to support people with urgent housing needs:
- COVID-19 has exacerbated the housing crisis in the Twin Cities region due to job loss and economic uncertainty.
- CARES Act funding to cover late rent/mortgage bills has ended and access to housing resources continues to be the number one need for individuals and families with low incomes.
- Nearly 60% of all calls to the 211 resource helpline are related to housing.
- On any given night in the greater Twin Cities, 6,700 people experience homelessness.
Why should I consider donating to the fund?
Every dollar you donate to the 211 Hope Starts Here Fund provides housing guidance and resources through Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 resource helpline.
How will the funds be used?
All funds raised will fund 211 resource helpline services.
How can I help?
Please donate to the 211 Hope Starts Here Fund at https://www.gtcuw.org/donate/211-hope-starts-here-fund/
When will the 211 resource helpline funds be distributed?
How can I access 211?
Dial the numbers 211; text your zip code to 898-211* or go to www.211unitedway.org.