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Help for the Homeless: An Interview with Cathy ten Broeke

Recently, Freedom Ticket talked with Cathy ten Broeke, city/county coordinator of the Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, about resources for people who are homeless.

How is the Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness addressing the issue of homelessness?

The Office to End Homelessness works with about 125 nonprofit agencies, businesses, and faith communities throughout Hennepin County to implement our 10-year-plan to end homelessness called Heading Home Hennepin. This plan focuses on best practices for preventing homelessness when possible and ending homelessness for people by connecting them to housing and appropriate services when necessary. This community has been very successful in implementing Heading Home Hennepin, ending homelessness for thousands of men, women, children, and youth. The dramatic downturn in the economy has made our work more challenging, but despite these challenges the plan is working.

What is Project Homeless Connect?

Project Homeless Connect is a one-stop-shop service event for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Two days each year, The Office to End Homelessness partners with the Minneapolis Convention Center and more than 400 service providers to offer everything from legal assistance and medical care to housing, employment assistance, and haircuts.  Because these 400 service providers are all located in one place, people are able to get multiple things done in minutes or hours that would normally take months or years.  Our next event is planned for May 23, 2011. To  learn more about the event or be a volunteer for it, please visit:  www.homelessconnectminneapolis.org or call 612-596-6645.

What suggestions do you have for people leaving corrections facilities who may be homeless after their release?

Anyone leaving a facility or prior to their release can call or write to Danita Banks, adult discharge policy/planning coordinator for the Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, with any questions concerning potential homelessness.  She can refer them to agencies/community partners that may have resources to assist them. Specific issues can be addressed when she has the opportunity to talk directly with the resident. For more information, please contact Ms. Banks at:

Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness
300 South Sixth Street, A2308 Minneapolis,  MN  55486
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