The Stewardship Council brings together housing and service funders to coordinate funding efforts in response to needs of supportive housing developments in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Projects referred to the Stewardship Council are assigned to a lead agency, which convenes a committee to assess the project, formulate a stabilization plan, and make specific recommendations. The Council meets regularly, providing ample opportunity for information sharing about specific projects and supportive housing trends overall.
The Stewardship Council is comprised of staff from Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Family Housing Fund, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, City of Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Department, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Ramsey County Community Human Services, Ramsey County Manager’s Office, and City of Saint Paul.
The Family Housing Fund, along with partner organizations, committed funding in 2014 to form the Stewardship Council Stabilization Fund. Technical assistance is not always enough to preserve supportive housing; organizations regularly need capital or organizational operating support to carry a project or the organization until a long-term sustainable solution can be implemented. With the formation of the Stewardship Council Stabilization Fund, partners can now be responsive to unique, one-time needs.
Artwork: Richard Sennot, Untitled (detail), from the Home Sweet Home Again Exhibit, 2004