Scattered-Site Permanent Housing
What is Scattered-Site Permanent
As the most independent of all LSS housing programs, Scattered-Site
Permanent Housing (SSPH) supports families in both finding housing in the
private market and accessing a permanent rental subsidy to make the unit
affordable. LSS operates three SSPH programs:
"It's All About the
Kids" , the
Rental Subsidy Program and
Family Roots Alliance.
"It's All About the
In this particular SSPH model, It's All
About the Kids Collaborative (Kids Collaborative) serves families who are
identified as homeless or long-term homeless; are in need of stable,
affordable housing; and who have children that attend a participating
Minneapolis Public School. In an effort to help kids remain and succeed in
their current schools, staff at LSS work with families to find permanent
rental housing in areas close to their children's school.
This particular model brings together a
unique blend of community partners to accomplish this goal. The
partnership includes LSS and the following entities:
- Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS): MPS
staff identifies and refers families to LSS who may be eligible for the
- Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA):
MPHA provides access to Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers and MPHA staff
provides timely briefings and unit inspections.
- The City of Minneapolis Community
Planning and Economic Development (CPED): CPED provides financial
assistance for general operating costs as well as supplies information
on licensed rental properties within the city of Minneapolis.
- The Minnesota Housing Agency provides
additional subsidies to build capacity.
- Lutheran Social Service, Minnesota
Housing, and Hennepin County as a partnership provide subsidies
specifically dedicated to Long-Term Homeless families.
This is how our process works:
- School social workers from one of the
participating Minneapolis Public Schools identify families who may
benefit from obtaining permanent, affordable housing
- Using the Housing First approach, LSS
supports and prepares the family to find housing by providing tenant
education, housing search training, housing vacancies, case management
and volunteer services.
- Once families find housing, the
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority or Minnesota Housing Agency
provides a Housing Choice Voucher or rental subsidy to help make the
housing affordable. LSS provides intensive case management support to
families as they move into their new housing and begin to stabilize and
connect to their new neighborhood.
- LSS also provides on-going support to
owners who rent to these families. As valued members of our communities,
we work with and respond to owners' needs and inquiries.
As we work with schools, families, property
owners, volunteers, churches, government and social service agencies, we
are achieving our mission of preventing and ending homelessness in a
unique and empowering way.
Families interested in applying for the
program should first speak with their school social worker to see if their
children are attending a participating school.
Rental Subsidy Program
The Rental Subsidy program (RSP) began in
2005 and provides a tenant based housing subsidy for families exiting
Transitional Housing programs. Each family is supported during their
housing search and after housing has been obtained. Because they have been
provided rental subsidies after leaving our programs, families are less
likely to find themselves back in the traumatic and expensive homeless
RSP currently serves 10 homeless and 10
long-term homeless families. The program offers housing search and
placement assistance as well as case management services.
Family Roots Alliance
The Family Roots Alliance represents the new collaboration of LSS
Housing Services (LSS) and Simpson Housing Services (SHS) to address
Minnesota's initiative to end long-term homelessness. The program created
the West Metro Mobile Support Team, which currently serves 30
long-term homeless families and will expand to serve an additional 30
families in the near future. The project service area includes Hennepin,
Anoka, Carver, and Scott counties in Minnesota. Families will be placed
into the housing of their choice, which may be scattered-site or
site-based affordable housing.
The project goals are to provide stable
housing and effective support services to long-term homeless families.
Supportive services will be provided to
families for the purpose of emphasizing the well-being of adults and
children and increasing skills to maintain permanent housing. Services may
- comprehensive assessments including
psycho-social, chemical health, general health, and parenting
- housing placement
- training to assist participants in
- service coordination which could
include: assessment, plan development, connection and coordination to
services, monitoring and advocacy
- assistance with locating childcare
- family or individual therapy, including
- parenting guidance
- after-school programming for children
- emphasis on school attendance for
children and youth
- job development, training and placement
- assistance with school, including GED or
- assistance with chemical health
treatment and aftercare for those with chemical health issues
- community building
- peer support
- transportation assistance
These services may be provided directly or
by arrangement with other service providers.