Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota
This project was completed as part of the 2018-2019 Resilient Communities Project (rcp.umn.edu) partnership with Ramsey County. Ramsey County wanted to more fully understand how its policies impact families’ shelter experience and exit from county-funded family shelters. Ramsey County project lead Maria Wetherall worked with a team of students in Dr. Maria Hanratty's PA 8081: Evaluating Homelessness Policy Capstone Workshop to: assess the level of county and shelter staff’s shared understanding regarding the purpose of family shelter in Ramsey County; understand the impact of current policies on the length of time families are in shelter, the experience families have in shelter, the reason the families exit shelter, and where the families exit to; and provide policy recommendations to maximize the scarce resource of family shelter space. The students' final report, presentation, and a handout summarizing the project are available.
Final report, presentation, and handout completed by students enrolled in PA 8081: Evaluating Homeless Policy Capstone Workshop, taught by Dr. Maria Hanratty in spring 2019.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance community resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.
Gomoll, Sara; Michels-Allen, Asher; Ohrn, Elizabeth; Salzer, Joel.
Rethinking Shelter: An Analysis of Purpose, Policies, and Impact of the Ramsey County Family Shelter System.
Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota.
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