Nearly 20,000 Minnesotans found themselves without shelter on any given night in 2018 and a third of those were children living with their parents, according to research from the Wilder Foundation. This devastating situation has been exacerbated in 2020, particularly for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
MNAAP leadership joined with those at the Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians in a letter to Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, urging swift action be taken to ensure the safety and security of people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.
The letter encourages state leaders to:
- Protect encampments from clearance by law enforcement until there is safe access to alternative housing and shelter for residents.
- Ensure that all people experiencing homelessness, including children, youth and families, have access to single occupancy housing programs, such as hotel programs or shelters.
- Expand protections for individuals and families who are working and work to prevent evictions to reduce the risk of homelessness.
- Develop a sustainable plan to secure housing affordability, including expanded access to high-quality public, affordable housing, rent control and housing options for youth.
Read the full letter here.