The FHPAP is a program administered by Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to provide grants to encourage and support innovation at the county or regional multi-county level in both establishing a comprehensive service system and in redesigning the existing homeless support system. Funds are used for a broad range of activities aimed at preventing homelessness, shortening the length of stay in emergency shelters, and eliminating repeat episodes of homelessness. Each project designs its own service delivery system.
Prevention services may include assistance in finding housing and other support services, as well as direct assistance with rent, security deposits, mortgage, and other assistance.
The FHPAP funds are awarded from Minnesota Housing (MH) through a competitive grant process. The grant terms are for a period of 2-years (referred to as the biennium). The purpose of the grant is to prevent homelessness from occurring and to assist those who are homeless to secure permanent, affordable housing.
Anoka County serves as the grantee, and works in collaboration with various community agencies or sub-grantees. Services are targeted for families, single adults, and youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Grants may be used to prevent or decrease the period of homelessness, and to stabilize participants in housing. Grants may not be used to pay for more than 24 months of rental housing assistance.
Each grantee shall establish an advisory committee consisting of a homeless advocate, a homeless person or formerly homeless person, a member of the state inter-agency task force on homelessness, local representatives, if any, of public and private providers of emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent affordable housing, and other members of the public not representatives of those specifically described in this sentence. The grantee shall consult on a regular basis with the advisory committee in preparing the project proposal and in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the project. The advisory committee shall assist the grantee as follows:
designing or refocusing the grantee's emergency response system
developing project outcome measurements
assessing the short and long term effectiveness of the project in meeting the needs of families who are homeless, preventing homelessness, identifying and developing innovative solutions to the problem of homeless families, and identifying problems and barriers to providing services to homeless families
Advisory Committee Membership
The advisory committee members are encouraged to complete a member profile outlining their education, personal experience and interest in serving on the Advisory Committee. The FHPAP Co-chairs and Grantee keep copies of each profile to demonstrate the diversity of membership and to assist in recruitment of new members.
If a member is not able to fulfill his/her duties or attendance becomes a concern, a new member, or a designated alternate, from the same organization, may participate instead as outlined within the FHPAP Handbook.