Our Policy and Advocacy Agenda
Issues We Lead:
- Promote, establish and maintain safe and affordable housing by supporting the prevention of homelessness through wrap-around social services, access to housing assistance and reforms to eviction/eviction expungement policy.
Issues We Support:
- Improve reliable access to healthy, nutritious meals that meet the needs of individuals and families.
- Create a dedicated, permanent funding source for the construction of homes affordable to people with low incomes.
Homelessness grew nine percent in the Twin Cities metro area over the last three years, even amidst record employment.
On any given night in the Twin Cities, around 6,700 people experience homelessness, with Indigenous people and LGBTQ youth most disproportionately affected.
27 percent of all Twin Cities households are cost-burdened, meaning more than 30 percent of their income went toward housing.
Nearly one in 11 households in Minnesota experience hunger.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color, especially children and seniors, are disproportionately affected.
By the Numbers
$16.9M in United Way-directed investments
$11.7M in donor-directed gifts
100 nonprofit partners funded
76,189 individuals and households received information and referrals to resources
16M meals distributed
2.5M food shelf visits
10,966 people connected to stable housing resources
1,337 families or youth secured stable housing
216,112 people served through volunteer projects