Thanks to all our 2015 study volunteers! The success of the Minnesota homeless study relies on volunteers like you.

Saint Olaf students pose for a photo before beginning their interviews.

The role of volunteers

Who
More than 1,000 volunteer interviewers conduct face-to-face surveys of adults and unaccompanied youth who are homeless, including single persons, couples, and families.

Where
At over 400 shelter locations throughout Minnesota including emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, and battered women’s shelters. In addition, surveys are conducted at non-shelter locations in some areas.

When
The survey is conducted every three years. Interviews take place on the fourth Thursday of October.

What's involved

  • Most interviewing assignments involve about a 4-hour time commitment from about 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Training is required. Volunteers receive materials and details by early October.
  • Site leaders from Wilder Research and other organizations provide direction and support to volunteer interviewers at each location.

Study purpose

  • To promote efforts to create more permanent, affordable housing for all Minnesotans.
  • To provide an accurate picture of homelessness in Minnesota for planners, service providers, policy-makers, and the public to help us end homelessness.
  • To support funding requests for programs that serve homeless people.

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