Ending Homelessness

Can We Work Together to End Homelessness? 

Zoom recording of presentation: from January 16, 2021

Can We Work Together to End Homelessness? 

Listen to a recording of the program with presentations by:

  • Cathy ten Broeke: Minnesota State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness
  • Tyra Thomas: a leader of Street Voices of Change (SVoC), an Align Mpls program
  • Londel French: Minneapolis PA.kark & Recreation Board Commissioner


Resources from 1/16/2021 Event: 


Align Minneapolis (formerly Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, DCEH)

Align Minneapolis is an interfaith collaboration of 17 downtown Minneapolis churches, synagogues and mosques working together to end homelessness and poverty. Align Minneapolis focuses on shifting from an immediate needs approach to long term solutions through a combination of education, advocacy and action. Through learning and volunteer opportunities for congregants, community partnerships, and development of effective strategies and programs, Align Minneapolis is committed to impacting the community around us to end homelessness.

Join us in this event: Standards for Homeless Shelters: The Path to Legislation

What is the standard for treatment of persons in our shelters? Who ensures that persons experiencing homelessness are treated with dignity and respect and that their rights are not violated? How do we ensure the same standard of care across all shelters in MN?
Join us as we explore the situations that caused Street Voices of Change to create the Shelter Residents Bill of Rights and launch a campaign requiring the implementation of enforceable minimum standards of care for shelter residents across Minnesota.
Feb 22, 2021 06:30 PM in Central Time 


There will always be people who are homeless. But, we can change the system so fewer people fall into homelessness and more people move out of homelessness quickly.

  • Prevention costs less and is more humane than allowing people to become homeless and then addressing shelter needs.
  • People need safe, affordable housing before services can effectively address life issues.
  • Contact Janice Andersen for more information on any of our programs or to get involved.

Families Moving Forward (FMF) 

With the local non-profit organization Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and their Families Moving Forward (FMF) program, a network of approximately 40 Twin Cities faith communities provide temporary, emergency shelter to families without housing. 

For more information and to volunteer, contact Julia.


Summer 2014 Downtown Panhandling Survey

In July of 2014, St. Stephen’s Outreach in partnership with the Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness conducted surveys on panhandling in downtown Minneapolis.  Panhandlers, those who gave to panhandlers, and a sample of downtown employees were all surveyed over the course of a week.  The survey responses shine light on the reasons behind panhandling, the perceptions of others towards panhandlers, and the characteristics of both panhandlers and those that give to panhandlers. 

The surveys will be of particular use for a high-profile effort in Minneapolis.  The Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Downtown 2025 plan calls for Minneapolis to become the first city in the United States to end street homelessness.  Information from the surveys will help to plan an effective response to street homelessness while addressing the perception of homelessness that panhandling engenders.

Of the 29 panhandlers surveyed...

  • 62% are homeless
  • 93% make $40 a day or less; 32% make less than $20
  • 97% are unemployed; 79% have been unemployed for over a year
  • 97% have health issues and/or are disabled
  • 51% have a mental illness
  • 45% are chemically dependent
  • 48% have been victims of violence
  • 76% have been panhandling for a year or more
  • 83% panhandle at least a few times a week; 48% panhandle every day
  • 71% feel neutral or less than satisfied after panhandling
  • 86% are connected to services
  • 69% have been ticketed for panhandling
  • 61% have a high school diploma

Of 114 downtown employees surveyed….

  • 23% give to panhandlers
  • 11% give to panhandlers more than “rarely”
  • 73% are aware of social services to help the homeless in their community  
  • 67% said knowing more about social services would not change their giving

Of the 114 downtown employees and 28 pedestrians surveyed…

  • 57% of those who gave feel neutral or less than satisfied after giving
  • 63% see panhandlers 4 or more times a week
  • those who give are significantly more likely to know someone who has experienced homelessness or poverty


West Broadway Crescent Housing Development

The Basilica partnered with CommonBond Communities to build 55 units of supportive affordable housing on West Broadway in north Minneapolis.

The West Broadway Crescent Housing Development consists of 55 new mixed-income/workforce rental housing units for families at 1926-2022 West Broadway. This housing serves singles and families with children.  Comprehensive on-site resident services are provided by CommonBond's Advantage Services



Ground Breaking for the West Broadway Crescent Housing Development

The Grand Opening for West Broadway Crescent was in January 2013.

Housing development Common Bond

This partnership is made possible by the 10% tithing from The Basilica Landmark.

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