YWCA of St. Paul YWCA of St. PaulTransitioning families into safe, stable housing

Goal: Provide Housing Stability

In the nine-county region, 360,000 people live in households paying 50 percent or more of their income for housing; this puts them at high risk of losing their housing.1

People living in poverty experience multiple challenges, and losing housing is a crucial obstacle to becoming self-sufficient.

  • Approximately 14,000 people are homeless in Minnesota on any given night.2
  • 24% of adults who are homeless are employed; only 8% are employed full-time.2

Our Response

Rapid Re-housing is just one example of how United Way is addressing homelessness. The key is to move homeless families out of shelters quickly and into stable housing. A timely transition stabilizes a family in crisis, while short-term services strengthen their future financial position.

For an average cost of $4,000, a family receives a stable, new beginning.

Our Results

2014 Goal: Provide shelter and/or housing services to 7,000 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Result: Exceeded our goal and assisted 16,000 homeless or at risk people.

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  1. MN Housing Partnership/U.S. Census 2008.
  2. 2012 Statewide Homeless Study, Wilder Research.