Heading Home Ramsey (HHR) is the Continuum of Care for Ramsey County. The Continuum of Care is a community-wide partnership committed to the goal of ending homelessness in the cities and neighborhoods of Ramsey County. HHR is a coalition of social service providers, housing providers, philanthropic partners, business, community, government and citizens working together to create and implement cost effective solutions to ending homelessness.
HHR is responsible for long term strategic planning and managing on-going work being done to reduce and end homelessness in Ramsey County to ensure compliance with the HEARTH Act and the Continuum of Care (CoC) Interim Final Rule.
To learn more about the responsibilities of the CoC click here.
One important part of the work we do to comply with the responsibilities HUD designates is to establish and operate a Coordinated Assessment system (also referred to as Coordinated Entry) which is used to respond to specific subpopulations of people who are experiencing homelessness. These subpopulations include families, single adults and youth (ages 16 to 24). HHR has implemented Coordinated Entry which provides for an initial comprehensive assessment to clarify needs and help identify appropriate housing options. A specific single point of contact for each of these subpopulations facilitates immediate access to resources and ensures that anyone experiencing homelessness is provided with assistance as quickly as possible.
The HHR Governing Board has created committees, subcommittees and work groups to carry out the work of the HHR coalition. All committees, subcommittees, and work group responsibilities’ must be documented in the governance charter or by-laws which are reviewed and approved annually by the CoC. Membership on HHR committees is expected of elected members of the HHR Governing Board and all of the partners who work as part of the coalition are encouraged to volunteer for the committees. Consider joining a committee to get involved in our work.
To learn more about the HHR Governing Board click on the HHR By-Laws link below.
How can you help end homelessness in Ramsey County?
Neither the private sector nor the public sector alone can end homelessness. Many organizations and initiatives rely on volunteers to make services possible. Volunteer to serve as a member of the Heading Home Ramsey Governing Board. ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Join an HHR Comittee to become a part of the work we do. To see the organizational chart for HHR Committees click here.
Coordinated Entry for Everyone (CEE)
Charged with building an effective Coordinated Entry system for all populations including youth, families, single adults and making certain CE works effectively with landlords and housing/service providers. CEE Sub-committees work to develop a comprehensive financing plan, a communications plan, and a HMIS data sharing plan.
Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)
The Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) is a state funded program providing supportive services and direct assistance for homelessness and at risk individuals and families.
Expanding Housing Opportunities (EHO)
Bringing together landlords, developers and other interested parties with those who advocate for people in crisis.
Outreach and Engagement
Charged with creating visibility and recognition of the existence and structure of the COC & CE through public presentations, web communications and provider/community/business relations.
Data and Evaluation
Charged with ascertaining good data input and analysis practices and holding providers accountable to the data they provide.
Re-directing Users of Shelter to Housing (RUSH)
Engaging longest-term shelter users in Ramsey County in transitioning to stable housing while opening access to emergency shelters.
Youth Action Team
Working together to ensure that the voices of youth experiencing homelessness in Ramsey County are heard and reponded to. Youth-service providers meet monthly to strategize responses to the needs and issues facing homeless youth.
The annual Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count is required by HUD for every community in the county and serves as a static count of the number of people experiencing homelessness. It is the principle means for gauging the need for homeless assistance resources both nationally and here in Ramsey County community. The results of the PIT Count directly impact the amount of funding dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness in Ramsey County.
The unsheltered homeless PIT, counting those sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, or who may be doubled-up/couch-hopping, is scheduled for the night of January 23rd (those homeless at sundown on January 23rd into the sunrise on January 24th). Ramsey County, in partnership with Heading Home Ramsey, is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the unsheltered homeless count. We need our community's help to ensure we are able to represent our county's homelessness response need. Count locations and times are available from January 24th to January 30th.
To anonymously collect general demographic and income information, we conduct a brief (5-10 minute) survey/interview with each person who reports experiencing homelessness the night of January 23rd through homeless outreach teams and volunteer teams. Training is provided online via ICA's website at https://hmismn.org/point-in-time-count
Click here for St. Paul/Ramsey CoC's direct link to the PIT LIVE site (to enter paper surveys or to complete online with each person by February 13th).
For more information regarding the PIT Count or to volunteer, please contact the Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator, Loni Aadalen, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org