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Minnesota Assistance Council For Veterans

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Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: To end veteran homelessness in minnesota. This is accomplished by providing and coordinating housing, employment, and civil legal services for veterans who are homeless or in crises and in danger of becoming homeless.

Programs: Since 1990, minnesota assistance council for veterans (macv) has exclusively served minnesota veterans and their families who are homeless or are in crises and at risk of homelessness. Macv began as a single home for veterans and today is a multi-faceted agency with multiple locations throughout the state to provide services to all 87 minnesota counties and meet the complex needs of veterans. Macv's history demonstrates a steady growth of programs to fill gaps that veterans experience in existing service systems, including housing, employment, and civil legal services. To meet the needs of veterans in greater minnesota, macv opened outreach offices in duluth in 1998 and mankato in 2000. Today, macv also operates offices in st. Cloud, rochester, perham, and milaca, in addition to its metro location in minneapolis. Macv's vetlaw civil legal program began offering legal clinics in 2009 to bring an array of legal services to veterans statewide. Macv now hosts up to 40 legal clinics a year. Macv first began hosting standdown events in 2006, and has expanded this program statewide. Macv operates two permanent supportive housing programs, one in mankato and one in duluth, each with 11 units. Macv operates 13 transitional living programs, in minneapolis, st. Paul, duluth, richfield, maplewood, and st. Cloud. With the demand for housing options for veterans with with dependent children, macv opened its first transitional home for veterans with families in 2017. In partnership with lennar and the builders association of the twin cities, a new 5-bedroom home was constructed in st. Paul for veterans with families. Another macv transitional home was converted to a family home in 2017 to meet this need as well. In 2016, macv expanded its housing options as the service provider for the 37-unit linden grove veterans apartments in st. Cloud. Macv served over 5,000 veterans in 2017, providing full wrap-around housing and supports to 1,483 veterans. Macv partners with the minnesota department of veterans affairs on the homeless veteran registry to track all known homeless veterans throughout the state and develop housing plans for each veteran individually. Through this process, macv and its partners are able to provide the right intervention to homeless veterans and track progress towards the goal of ending veteran homelessness in minnesota. Four minnesota homeless continuum of care regions (northwest, northeast, west central, and southwest) have declared a functional end to veteran homelessness. -rental/security deposit/mortgage assistance to stabilize housing-utility assistance, food support, transportation help-employment assistance to achieve a sustainable, living wage-vetlaw program providing direct legal assistance and referrals for civil legal issues affecting housing and employment servicesveterans served with full scope of services in 2017:-female - 11%-post 9/11 veterans - 26%-veterans with a disability - 61%-veterans with a dependent child in the household - 21%-veterans with a spouse - 19%-48% assisted to end an episode of homelessness-52% assisted to prevent an episode of homelessness

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