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Northwest Continuum of Care awarded $1.4 million

The Northwest Continuum of Care has been awarded nearly $1.4 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through its 2021 funding opportunity.

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BEMIDJI — The Northwest Continuum of Care has been awarded nearly $1.4 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through its 2021 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 strategic thrusts and decisions are made by its own, separate NWCoC board.

According to a release, the funding awarded by HUD to the NWCoC will support numerous projects throughout northwest Minnesota, including:

  • $240,810 to Bi-County Community Action Program to provide supportive housing to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, including a project dedicated to serving indigenous populations.
  • $107,034 to Evergreen Youth and Family Services to provide supportive housing for youth ages 16 to 24.
  • $24,287 to support the Minnesota Homeless Management Information System to collect information to evaluate key system performance measures and monitor overall homeless response system improvements.
  • $442,892 to Inter-County Community Council to provide supportive housing; of this, $400,000 is dedicated to serving youth aged 16 to 24 across 11 of the 12 counties in northwest Minnesota.
  • $202,275 for the Northwest Indian Community Development Center to provide a culturally informed supportive housing program for youth aged 16 to 24. 
  • $38,770 to Northwest Minnesota Foundation, for NWCoC planning. 
  • $216,133 to Tri-Valley Opportunity Council to provide supportive housing, including a project dedicated to serving people fleeing intimate partner violence. 
  • $123,625 to Violence Intervention Project to provide supportive housing to people feeling intimate partner violence.

The funds were awarded through HUD’s 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity. The NWCoC received funding for all of its requested projects, including one new project to support the Violence Intervention Project in Thief River Falls. That request was funded at about 80%.
“This is great news, an excellent outcome for our region and our NWCoC partners,” said Cory Boushee, a program officer who leads the Homelessness program at NMF and 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 www.nwmf.org/resources/strategic-partnerships/nwcoc/

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