An ambitious plan to coordinate Minnesota’s response to homelessness across agencies, shaped by people who have experienced housing instability, will swing into action this spring. The “Crossroads to Justice” strategic plan aims to reduce homelessness statewide by 15% by 2026. The historic $2.6 billion housing stability package signed last year by Governor Tim Walz will help fuel the plan’s action steps, including increased funding for homeless shelters, rental assistance, affordable housing and support to help people find and keep housing. Over the next four years, a dozen state and regional agencies will work to reduce barriers to benefits, housing and jobs. Efforts will range from better access to state workforce programs, to a pilot program to improve food assistance, to better housing and benefits for veterans, to more transitional housing for those leaving prison.

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