FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Barbara Johnson, Program Officer
The Northwest Continuum of Care has been awarded over $1.7 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through its FY2023 funding opportunity.
The NWCoC is a regional planning body comprised of stakeholders throughout Northwest Minnesota who share a commitment to ending homelessness in our region. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation serves as the “collaborative applicant” for the NWCoC, though its strategic thrusts and decisions are made by its own NWCoC board.
The funding awarded will support numerous projects throughout Northwest Minnesota, including:
- $265,89 to Bi-County Community Action Program (BiCAP) to provide supportive housing to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, including a project dedicated to serving indigenous populations.
- $55,500 to Center City Housing Corporation to provide supportive housing to households living through homelessness.
- $38,337 to support the Minnesota Homeless Management Information System to collect information to evaluate key system performance measures and monitor overall homeless response system improvements, including a youth-centered project.
- $442,603 to Inter-County Community Council (ICCC) to provide supportive housing; of this, $408,859 is dedicated to serving youth aged 16 to 24 across 11 of the 12 counties in Northwest Minnesota.
- $322,015 for the Northwest Indian Community Development Center to provide a culturally informed supportive housing program for youth aged 16 to 24.
- $136,655 to Northwest Minnesota Foundation, for NWCoC planning and Coordinated Entry services.
- $326,286 to Tri-Valley Opportunity Council to provide supportive housing, including a project dedicated to serving people fleeing intimate partner violence.
- $127,728 to Violence Intervention Project to provide supportive housing to people feeling intimate partner violence.
The funds were awarded through HUD’s 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity. The NWCoC received funding for all of its requested projects, including the addition of one new project and three project expansions.
“This is excellent news for our region and for our NWCoC partners working to support those living through homelessness,” said Barbara Johnson, an NMF program officer who serves as the coordinator for the NWCoC. “The NWCoC is committed to its ultimate goal of ending homelessness in our region by quickly rehousing homeless individuals and families, promoting access to resources and benefits, and fostering stability and self-sufficiency for individuals and families. These funds will support us in carrying out this mission.”
To learn more about the NWCoC, visit its website at https://nwmf.org/where-we-help/homelessness/