Homelessness in MN

Overcoming homelessness in Minnesota with supportive and affordable housing

More than 14,000 Minnesotans are homeless, creating an urgent need for affordable housing. Aeon plays an active role in ending long-term homelessness in Minnesota by providing affordable housing with supportive services and promoting social connections.

Housing is a fundamental human need, yet many of our neighbors are homeless or highly mobile. Moving from one place to another, families double up in apartments and youth couch hop. Examples of the lives affected include:

  • More than 14,000 adults and children are homeless on any given night in Minnesota.
  • There was an 8% increase in the number of homeless children in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools during the ’10-’11 school year, bringing the total to more than 8,300 kids.
  • Some homeless adults (even those living in shelters) are working, but do not earn a livable wage that covers rent and other living expenses.

Most of Aeon’s newer developments have several units designated for formerly homeless households. Aeon offers supportive services to formerly homeless residents through partnership with local nonprofit agencies. For example, apartments for homeless youth were created with YouthLink, and Aeon and RS EDEN partner in permanent supportive housing for adults in recovery. Simpson Housing Services and RESOURCE have joined with Aeon to provide case management and mental health support to residents of the Continental Hotel and Lamoreaux. Our goal is to create a safe environment with a respectful, caring culture so that all Aeon residents can achieve housing stability and create a sense of home.

Visit Aeon’s blog to learn more about how these partnerships – which offer support to increase self-sufficiency – help residents rebuild their lives and end the cycle of homelessness in Minnesota.