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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 assist veterans who are threatened with or experiencing homelessness. To provide assistance throughout minnesota to positively motivate veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises. Macv accomplishes its mission by providing services directly or in collaboration with other service agencies.

Programs: Since 1990, minnesota assistance council for veterans (macv) has exclusively served minnesota veterans who are in crisis, at-risk for homelessness or currently homeless. While macv began as a single home for veterans, today it is a multi-faceted social services agency with multiple locations throughout minnesota to meet the complex needs of veterans. Macv not only assists veterans who are currently homeless, but also places a great deal of emphasis on the prevention of homelessness. Macv's history demonstrates a steady growth of programs to fill gaps veterans experience in existing service systems, including emergency assistance, housing, employment assistance, and civil legal help. Macv does not duplicate services already provided or available to veterans through federal, state or county benefits; rather, macv frequently acts as a resource or liaison between government agencies and other service providers to ensure direct, comprehensive services are provided to the veteran without duplication of effort or resources. Macv has four main program emphases: emergency assistance, housing, employment and civil legal services. Macv provides inclusive support services for each program area. - approximately 1,800 veterans (clients) received services in 2014 representing all mn counties; 756 (42%) were literally homeless- 25,000+ contacts throughout the year- operates three regional offices for statewide outreach: mankato, duluth, twin cities- provides 11 transitional homes for veterans; 8 in the metro, 1 in st. Cloud, 1 in duluth, 1 in st. Paul for women- 11 units of permanent housing with supportive services for disabled veterans in mankato- duluth veterans' place - 11 units permanent housing, 5 units transitional- provides rental/mortgage assistance to stabilize housing- employment assistance to achieve a sustainable, living wage- utility assistance, food vouchers, transportation - vetlaw program provides direct assistance and referral with civil legal issues affecting housing and employmento 34 legal clinics statewide in 2014 served 1,374 veterans- macv hosted 8 standdowns in 2014 serving over 2,500 veterans- increased income via referral to federal benefits such as va service connected and ssdi- leverage other funding sources - example: dol hvrp program stabilized 170 homeless veterans and placed them into employment at an average hourly wage of $11. 76, representing annual gross wages of $4,158,000. Veterans served in 2014: - female: 11% and rising- oif/oef veterans - 33% - veterans with a disability - 77%these veterans experienced meaningful changes in their lives after receiving these services, as shown by the following qualitative results for 2014:- 58% of veterans and their families served were prevented from becoming homeless- 42% of veterans and their families served were assisted out of homeless situations- for the 105 veterans who obtained employment in the twin cities, they received an average hourly wage of $12. 28 and more than 90% retained their jobs for at least 270 days- for the 38 veterans who obtained employment in duluth, they received an average hourly wage of $11. 61 and 82% retained their jobs for at least 270 days. In 2014, the demographics of the clients were as follows:- 31% of veterans served had a spouse and/or children in their household- 32% were veterans from the conflicts in afghanistan and iraq - 77% of the veterans had disabilities- 100% of mn counties were represented with our direct assistance. The number of female veterans continues to grow every year. While 11% of current macv clients are women, 15% of currently enlisted troops are women. Therefore, macv expects the number of female veterans seeking services to increase in the near future. Additional housing options and services addressing their specific needs are continually assessed.

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