Vision: homelessness and hunger are rare, brief and nonrecurring

A stable home is the foundation that enables us to thrive. It’s more than shelter. It’s a place to rest, enjoy a meal and prepare for work and school. For our infants and toddlers, it’s a place to safely explore, learn and grow. For our older kids, it’s a kitchen table and a light to do their homework.

Your generosity of time, talent and treasure is bridging gaps across complex systems, fostering partnerships, connecting people to essential housing and food services and helping United Way advance housing stability across the Twin Cities.

Our Challenges

  • Housing costs have outpaced wages and as a result, people with low incomes are forced to prioritize basic needs, sometimes sacrificing healthy food and medicine to keep their homes.
  • Children and youth represent 50 percent of people experiencing homelessness.2
  • Minnesotans visited food shelves a record 3.4 million times.3

Hope Starts Here

Your generous investments in United Way support vital community services like the United Way 2-1-1 resource hotline. 2-1-1 connects people in need to resources such as housing, food, and more – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2018, the service connected Minnesotans to 273,020 referrals.

Said another way, you made it possible to address 31 urgent needs every hour, every day of 2018. And, every dollar you’ve invested in 2-1-1 provided $2.38 worth of supportive community service to people in need.4

Additionally, 2-1-1 helps United Way better understand community needs and make strategic data-drive decisions on how and where to invest.

Calls By Need

38% Housing
12% Mental Health/Addictions
11% Utility Assistance (Electricity, Gas, Heat)
9% Legal, Consumer & Public Safety Services
8% Clothing/Personal/Household Needs
7% Food/Meals
7% Information Services
7% Income Support/Assistance
7% Healthcare
7% Individual Family & Community Support
3% Other


Your Impact:

Greater Twin Cities United Way is a supporting member of the state-wide Homes for All coalition, working in partnership with 240 organizations to advance shared policy initiatives that advocate for housing stability for all Minnesotans. Thanks to a generous gift from a donor, in 2018, Greater Twin Cities United Way joined more than 100 organizations and 800 people as a co-sponsor of Homeless Day on the Hill. As a result, this event, led by the coalition and supported by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, connected attendees to their legislators to raise awareness and advocate for state investments that focus on preventing and ending homelessness.

By the numbers 2018 Household Stability Funding:

$31.7 million

$19.6 million in United Way-directed
investments and $12.1 million in
donor-directed gifts/designations


people connected
to housing resources

20.3 million

meals served


volunteers spent 394,622 hours
working on household stability
projects — a value of $10.7 million6


nonprofit professionals benefited
from 10 convenings


nonprofits supported
through grants and
technical assistance