Housing and Family Stabilization

Family Stabilization is committed to help stabilize families by providing resources and services such as parenting and life skills, prevention and reunification, housing, and access to mental health support. Families receive services from staff that assist in building family support networks with the goal of positive change and stability. We honor the strength of our families and build upon their strengths and work side by side with the women and their children to meet families where they are at on their road of change and recovery.

Section 8 Supportive Housing

MIWRC maintains 13 two- and three-bedroom Section 8 apartments to provide long-term housing for families who have experiences chronic homelessness, utilizing a modified "Housing First" approach with wraparound comprehensive case management services and referral provided by a fulltime Housing Coordinator. MIWRC's ability to provide high-quality Supportive Housing programming directly in the heart of the urban American Indian community also facilitates clients' access to the culturally competent healthcare, social, and recreational services concentrated here in the East Philips neighborhood, as well as easy access to public transportation lines for clients who cannot drive. Because of the safety and formal child protection issues involved in housing families with children, a demonstrated commitment to sobriety and agreement to MIWRC's zero tolerance policy for onsite substance use, gang affiliation, and/or interpersonal violence are Supportive Housing residential requirements.

Life Skills Parenting and the Family Support Program

The Life Skills Parenting Program (LSP) and Family Support Program (FSP) are innovative partnerships with Hennepin County that improve outcomes for Native families who are engaged in Child Protection or at high risk for engagement through provision of family counseling, parenting support, life skills training, appropriate referrals, and education in child development and cultural values.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Collaborative

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Collaborative provides advocacy services and intensive case monitoring to in-state Minnesota Native families who are involved in Child Protection.