Help for Families Experiencing Homelessness
Solid Ground provides trauma-informed care and serves each family in a holistic manner, addressing both the needs of the individual and of the family as a whole. Committed to the ‘Housing First’ philosophy, Solid Ground moves families out of homelessness and into housing first, then provides person-centered, holistic support and services essential for long-term stability.
HomeAgain provides scattered-site transitional housing in Washington County. Families receive an average of twelve months of rental assistance and support services.
In 2022, the program served 55 adults and children (20 families).
HomeSafe provides scattered-site housing in Washington and suburban Ramsey Counties. Families receive monthly rental assistance, based on unit size, as well as supportive services for an average of twelve months.
In 2022, the program served 54 adults and children (19 families).
HomeFront works with veterans experiencing homelessness, providing affordable housing and supportive services to 10 households, including eight families and two single adults, in a permanent supportive housing setting in Maplewood, MN.
In 2022, HomeFront housed 32 adults and children (11 families).
Homework Starts with Home provides scattered-site transitional housing in Ramsey County. It is a collaboration with several partners and referrals are made by school social workers. This program moves students and their families experiencing homelessness into stable housing within their school districts or prevents their homelessness in the first place.
Families receive between six and 30 months of rental assistance and support services. This program targets students and families who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) and/or as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, or Intersex (LGBTQI+).
In 2022, the program served 155 adults and children (41 families).
Homework Starts with Home/Day 1 provides scattered-site transitional housing in Washington County. Referrals are made by school social workers. This program moves students and their families experiencing homelessness into stable housing within their school districts.
Families receive between 12 and 36 months of rental assistance and support services. This program targets students and families who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) and/or as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, or Intersex (LGBTQI+).
In 2022, the program served 56 adults and children (13 families).
East Metro Place provides 20 units of transitional housing, located near Century College in White Bear Lake. All units receive project-based Section 8 rental assistance to make the housing affordable to families with very low incomes.
A wide array of supportive services are available to adults and children, including assessment, goal planning, advocacy, basic needs assistance, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, employment services, living skills training (parenting, budgeting, etc.), after-school tutoring and educational support.
In 2022, East Metro Place housed 92 adults and children (24 families).
East Metro Place II provides 14 units of permanent supportive housing, added in late 2005 to the White Bear Lake campus. Seven units are designated for homeless families with disabilities (typically mental illness and/or chemical dependency), and seven units serve families with histories of long-term homelessness. As with the transitional housing program at East Metro Place, all 14 families in permanent housing receive Section 8 rental assistance and supportive services.
In 2022, East Metro Place II housed 62 adults and children (16 families).
Welcome Home Washington is a new program that will launch in the fall of 2023. It will provide scattered-site permanent supportive housing and services in Washington County to families who are experiencing chronic homelessness. This program will serve families with income-based rental assistance and supportive services to help them secure and maintain safe, affordable housing, improve their health and independent living skills, and achieve greater economic stability.
Adults and Children Served by Solid Ground
Families Served by Solid Ground
Of the total served, 148 families were housed in our site-based and scattered-site housing programs for families experiencing homelessness, and 16 households were still in housing search at the end of the year.
The families served by Solid Ground are very low-wealth households:
78% of families had incomes at or below the federal poverty line
90% had incomes at or below 200% of poverty
77% of households were headed by single mothers
7% were headed by single fathers
14% were two-parent families