Our Wilder Research homeless study team works closely with homeless service providers to obtain counts of all homeless people staying in some type of shelter that evening, and to help us coordinate interviews with the guests at these shelters. We also partner with service providers and homeless outreach workers to conduct interviews at drop-in service locations, such as Homeless Connect events, and to conduct street outreach.

We use trained volunteers to conduct the interviews. In 2015, we had more than 1,000 interviewers spread out across nearly 400 locations statewide.

The Homeless Study Team

Study co-directors: Michelle Gerrard and Greg Owen

Project team:

Walker Bosch
Sarah Gehrig
June Heineman
Monica Idzelis Rothe
Christin Lindberg
Stephanie Nelson-Dusek
Brian Pittman
Rebecca Schultz
Ellen Shelton
Karen Ulstad

Reservation study director: Nicole MartinRogers



Special thanks to our funders!

  • Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services

With additional support from:

  • FR Bigelow Foundation (MN Philanthropy Partners)
  • Family Housing Fund
  • Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • Minneapolis Foundation
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Saint Paul Foundation
  • Wellington Management Group

For information on how you or your organization can provide financial support, please contact Greg Owen