Southern Regional Project

project mapThe Southern Regional Project to end Long-Term Homelessness offers affordable housing and supportive services to people with long histories of homelessness and complex barriers to health, housing, and stability. 245 children, adults, and unaccompanied youth received supportive housing through the Southern project in 2013.

Throughout its history, the Southern Project has been a unique collaboration among counties, community partners, government and service agencies. Households in the Project receive supportive services from trained case managers at local service agencies and rental assistance administered by Hearth Connection.

report thumbnailSee participant outcomes from 2013Blue Earth County was one of two original counties in Hearth Connection’s Pilot, which ran from 2001 to 2007.  In 2006, the Southern Regional Project to End Long-Term Homelessness began with the collaboration of fourteen counties.  

In addition to the fourteen counties participating in the Southern Regional Project, six additional counties in Southeast Minnesota joined Hearth Connection to implement the Chemical Dependency project.   


Results show that once connected with the program, participants experience a dramatic increase in housing stability and begin to see improvements in other areas of life as well.  Check out a recent summary of participant outcomes for 2013 here.

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  • Targeting the Most Vulnerable: The average length of time spent homeless before enrolling in the Southern project is 5.1 years. Participants are significantly impacted by chronic health problems (30%), mental health disabilities (82%), and other conditions.
  • Gaining and Maintaining Housing: In 2013, 82% of households secured permanent housing within two months of enrollment. 63% of households have maintained housing stability for at least one year (no more than one move per year).
  • Supporting Stability and Skills: After housing and safety, participants showed the greatest improvements in accessing childcare, increasing income, and meeting food needs.