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Northwest and West Central Minnesota

Continuums of Care


Are you homeless or at risk of homelessness? 

If you are currently homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, please contact one of the providers in your county of residence.

Northwest Region of MN: 

   List of Access, Assessment & Housing Sites

  • Beltrami: Bi-CAP (218) 751-4631 or 1(800) 332-7161 
  • Norman, West Polk, West Marshall: Tri-Valley 1-800-201-3475. 
  • Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Kittson, Marshall: NWCAP (218) 528-3258 or (800)568-5329 
  • Mahnomen: Mahube-otwa (218) 935-5022  Hubbard: Mahube-otwa (218) 732-7204 
  • Red Lake, Pennington, East Polk, Clearwater: ICCC (888) 778-4008 Extension 6.
  • Red Lake Tribe:  Red Lake Housing Authority 218-679-1264

West Central Region of MN: 

   List of Access, Assessment & Housing Sites

  • Clay & Wilkin: Lakes & Prairies Community Action– (218) 512-1550 or ((800)452-3646 Ex. 1550 
  • Becker: Mahube-otwa (218) 847-1385 
  • Otter Tail: Mahube-otwa (218) 739-3011 
  • Wadena: Mahube-otwa - (218) 632-3600 
  • Douglas, Grant, Traverse, Stevens, Pope - West Central MN Community Action – (218) 685-4486 

f you are homeless or at risk of homeless elsewhere in MN, please refer to the following list of sites by county

2018 Point-in-Time Count

When: January 24, 2018  

What: Annual Count of Persons in sheltered & unsheltered

Where: State of MN

How: visit the PIT Count page for more information 

2017 HUD HMIS Data Standards Changes

  • 2017 Data Standards Changes will roll out on October 1st, 2017
  • ICA will have a video training available by September 20th
  • A live webinar will be held the week of September 25th (specific date will be announced via ICA newsletter)
  • Information can be found here in the meantime: http://hmismn.org/2017-hud-hmis-data-standards/

If you have any questions, contact the Helpdesk ([email protected]).

HUD Continuum of Care Competition 

The 2017 annual Continuum of Care Competition is now closed. Project applications have been submitted and ranked by the CoC. Information on the 2017 Competition is available on the 

Homeless Veterans Declaration Announced!

The Northwest and West Central MN Continuum's of Care are excited to announce that we have reached the USICH federal Criteria and Benchmarks on Veterans Homelessness, demonstrating that we have served all veterans on our priority list and that we have built a system that can effectively and efficiently address Veterans’ housing crises in the future. Thank you to our housing and service agencies for your dedication to reaching this goal, especially; the Fargo VA, MAC-V, St. Cloud VA, our County and Tribal Veterans Services Officers, and MDVA! 

Press Release

What is a Continuum of Care (CoC)?

The Continuum of Care is a regional planning body of representative stakeholders designed to promote a shared commitment to the goal of ending homelessness with a focus on;

  • quickly rehousing homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness;
  • promoting access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs; and
  • optimizing stability and self-sufficiency for individuals and families while homeless and once housed.

It includes:

  1. Gathering and analyzing information to determine the local needs of people experiencing homelessness;
  2. Implementing strategic plans to end homelessness based on data;
  3. Measuring results of regional plan; and
  4. Setting a local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing HUD CoC project applications.

Northwest MN Continuum of Care

West Central MN Continuum of Care

Why should I participate in the CoC?

  • The CoC is a regional evaluation and planning process. Broad participation is needed to provide input on the creation, implementation and evaluation of the plan.
  • Peers in your Continuum of Care can help your organization develop more effective ways to serve consumers by sharing information and experiences.
  • Planning as a Continuum of Care helps avoid duplication of efforts within a community and makes service providers more efficient.
  • Being involved in your Continuum of Care permits you to keep appraised of important information including; funding opportunities, partner updates, state plans and priorities, training's, regional trends, etc.
  • Being involved in your Continuum of Care allows your voice to be heard on policies, funding, and service needs of persons who are experiencing homelessness in your communities.
  • An effective Continuum of Care makes a community more competitive for HUD Homeless Assistance grants.
  • A Continuum of Care can create a critical mass of political will to end homelessness.
  • Together we really can do more!


The criminalization of homelessness refers to measures that prohibit life-sustaining activities such as sleeping/camping, eating, sitting, and/or asking for money/resources in public spaces. These ordinances include criminal penalties for violations of these acts.

There are multiple types of criminalization measures which include:

  • Carrying out sweeps (confiscating personal property including tents, bedding, papers, clothing, medications, etc.) in city areas where homeless people live.
  • Making panhandling illegal.
  • Making it illegal for groups to share food with homeless persons in public spaces.
  • Enforcing a “quality of life” ordinance relating to public activity and hygiene.

Unfortunately, over the past 25 years, cities across the country have penalized people who are forced to carryout out life-sustaining activities on the street and in public spaces; despite the fact these communities lack adequate affordable housing and shelter space. Ultimately, many of these measures are designed to move homeless persons out of sight, and at times out of a given city.

TAKE ACTION: Policy and Homeless Bill of Rights

The trend of criminalizing homelessness continues to grow. Among the 188 cities reviewed in NCH’s report, the following increases were identified in criminalization measures:

  • 7% increase in prohibitions on begging or panhandling
  • 7% increase in prohibitions on camping in particular public places
  • 10% increase in prohibitions on loitering in particular public places

By focusing on reversing the criminalization of homelessness, the additional obstacles homeless people face can be removed from the already difficult task of helping resolve homelessness.

Many states and cities have developed a Homeless Bill of Rights have passed or are being considered that provide alternatives to criminalization and protection of the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness. 

Every person needs a place to thrive, not just survive.