The Minnesota Homeless Study, conducted every three years, is a point-in-time study aimed at better understanding the prevalence of homelessness in Minnesota, as well as the circumstances of those experiencing homelessness. The most recent study took place on October 25, 2018.

The next study will take place on October 28, 2021. 

Wilder Research, with the support of public and private funders, housing service providers, and volunteer interviewers, has conducted the study since 1991. Since 2006, Wilder Research, in partnership with six Minnesota tribal nations, has also conducted the Reservation Homeless Study, which looks specifically at homelessness on American Indian reservations.

Why is this study important?

The Minnesota Homeless Study is the most comprehensive source of descriptive information about homeless adults, youth, and children in the state. The data and reports produced from this work equip users with the information they need to identify and address systemic issues, improve programs and policies, and ultimately eliminate homelessness in Minnesota.

Having many years of data allows us to look at trends over time, and the breadth and depth of the study (through thousands of face-to-face interviews) allows us to look more closely at the experiences of specific populations, such as older adults, unaccompanied youth, the LGBTQ community, Veterans, and American Indians living on reservations.

Beyond the Numbers: Using Data to Address and End Homelessness

Learn about the unique ways community members engage with and use the Minnesota Homeless Study to inform programs, services, policy, and funding, and how homelessness is addressed in our state.

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Special thanks to our funders!

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Minnesota Housing
  • Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
  • Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Ramsey County
  • Family Housing Fund
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • F.R. Bigelow Foundation
  • Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation
  • Northwest Area Foundation

For information on how you or your organization can provide financial support, please contact Michelle Decker Gerrard.