Homeless Intervention Programs

Homeless Intervention Programs provides services to persons experiencing serious mental illness and homelessness.  The HIP programs assist unaccompanied adults (18 and over) and those with families to find permanent housing. Persons typically served by these programs are; persons with serious mental illness, those who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness or those who have been homeless long-term (4 times in the past 3 years or one continuous year in the past 3). 

Services provided include outreach, case management/supportive services, mental health services, referrals, benefit assistance (including a special program, SOAR, for persons seeking SSA benefits), assistance with transportation expenses for housing and/or job search, financial assistance with the costs connected to setting up a new residence including household supplies and furniture and either first month's rent or security deposit (eviction prevention in certain circumstances).

Residences are chosen by participants typically either income-based or the household has a HUD Section 8 voucher. Programs are available for those on the waiting list for a HUD voucher, Bridges, which is similar to the HUD voucher program, there is a waiting list.

Who Is Eligible?
You must be 18 years or older, a resident of Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Polk or Red Lake County and you must be experiencing homelessness and have a serious mental illness.

How Much Do These Services Cost?
Homeless Intervention Services are free to eligible people. The program is funded through grants.

How Do I Get These Services?
Referrals are accepted from yourself, family, friends, and service providers. To make a referral or get more information, call:

Northwestern Mental Health Center