Key Priority Around Housing Stability and Student Success Not Included in Final Supplemental Budget Bill

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative is a member organization comprised of grantmakers and intermediaries committed to working together to prevent and end homelessness in Minnesota. The Collaborative brings a strong working relationship with policymakers and the unique contributions of philanthropy to support the implementation of Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

A number of MCF members are a part of this collaborative, and their key legislative priority this session was Homework Starts with Home. Homework Starts with Home is a partnership between the Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative, the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Housing, and the Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. The goal of this program is the decrease housing instability for students. Housing instability is a major barrier for student success and increasing housing stability among students would significantly contribute to closing the achievement gap. 

Adding this program to the base budget at $8 million per biennium was a priority for the Governor this session, but it was ultimately not included by the legislature in the final omnibus spending bill. This program will end if it is not included in the state's budget in 2019.