What’s Happening at Solid Ground

Solid Ground & Metro HRA Partner to Keep Families Housed

“These vouchers are affecting our families in positive ways.  I had a mom in tears with me this week… tears of joy!” – Katie DePrez, HSWH Children’s Service Specialist

In the fall of 2018, Solid Ground partnered with several local nonprofits and school districts to form the Homework Starts with Home Collaborative in suburban Ramsey County. The goal being to prevent homelessness for families with children in grades Pre-K-12, and to move homeless families quickly out of shelter or other housing instability into stable housing.

This summer,  20 families in the Homework Starts with Home program will receive Housing Choice Vouchers through a new partnership with the Metropolitan Housing & Redevelopment Authority (Metro HRA).  The partnership will provide longer term rental assistance to families who are doing well in the program but have not been able to increase their income enough to afford full market rent. This is especially helpful as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many participants who have struggled even more than usual to pay rent or maintain/increase their income due to job loss and health issues.

About Solid Ground

Solid Ground is an award-winning Minnesota nonprofit whose proven, holistic approach helps families build the strong foundations they need to emerge from homelessness into a brighter future. Through safe, affordable housing and innovative supportive programming, Solid Ground helps families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for the next generation.

At the heart of Solid Ground is the belief that housing stability is fundamental to the healthy development of children and to a family’s ability to be contributing members of the community. Solid Ground currently runs eight programs in the suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties housing nearly 570 women, men and children annually. Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness for families with children in the communities we serve through housing, resources, and opportunity.