Chemical Dependency Project

All of Hearth Connection's programs are designed to help families and individuals transition from long-term homelessness to stability. In addition to housing and case management, we offer participants access to services that will aid in their recovery, helping to address long-standing issues like chemical dependency or mental health. 

man looking in mirrorThe Southern Chemical Dependency (CD) Expansion project began in 2010 to serve single adults with chronic homelessness and addiction. Funded by a grant from the State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of DHS, the CD Expansion project offers affordable housing, services, and access to treatment.  Evaluations of the project focus on participant outcomes as well as impacts on system use, ie use of emergency rooms and jails.

The unique partnership and support from chemical dependency agencies at the state (DHS Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division) and federal (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA) levels brought together organizations whose target populations can overlap.  While focusing on chemical dependency helps reduce participants' harm and obstacles to stable housing, emphasizing housing as a basis for recovery is also a key to good outcomes.

Supportive services are provided by trained teams at the Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center, Blue Earth County Human Services, and South Central Human Relations Center.

Building off the same housing and services structure of the Southern regional project, the CD Expansion project includes the fourteen counties participating in the Southern project. Six additional counties in Southeast Minnesota joined in the CD Expansion project, thereby increasing the area where participants can receive services.