The State of Homelessness in Hennepin County

We’re making strides but have a long road ahead, yet.

According to a recent publication released by in 2016, there have been improvements in the movement against homelessness, but we still have a long way to go especially when tackling the youth population.

Supportive Housing strategies lead the way in reducing crisis services to local community homeless persons.

The publication goes on to say a study of 43 families utilizing two available supportive housing projects in Hennepin County (between 2001-2004) showed the cost of providing Child, Family and Adult Services’ for six months of crisis services to families after they utilizing support housing actually decreased by $6,200 per family. Further research found providing the homeless person population with stable housing and support services does greatly reduce the need for costly crisis care. And, although this is one important factor and one important step in providing sound and financially stable options for housing and services, it fails to address more immediate needs of specific social and skillset support to the youth population.

You can read the End Homelessness 10 Year Initiative publication in its entirety here.

At the end of the day, if we are not able to tackle the reasons our youth find themselves on the streets or bouncing from temporary.-bedroom to temporary-bedroom, we’re fighting an uphill battle. And, if we don’t address their need for direction, education, and health services while they persist in this state of homelessness, then all we’re doing is biding time in another temporary housing facility until they’re back out on the street again.

Skill 4 Life wants to change this direction with supportive education, training, and skills mentoring with local and community business authorities to reroute this trend.

We’re just getting started, but you can support our initiative by helping us raise awareness of the challenge and give generously to aid in the development of the resources we need to take this to the target population, successfully.

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Join Us in Celebrating Juneteenth

Recognized from coast-to-coast as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is historically one of the oldest known celebrations commemorating the announcement of the abolishment of slavery in Texas in June of 1865.

It’s more commonly known in history as the memorial of the emancipation of African-American slaves living throughout the Confederate South. The official national day of celebration; on the 19th of June, is primarily observed in local community celebrations.

Celebrations actually started on Friday, June 10th with the Re-Enactment of the Underground Railroad this year. But, the big day of celebration will be on the 18th of June from 8AM to 6PM, starting with a free Continental Breakfast near the pavilion at the North Mississippi Regional Park; (first come, first served basis), and local Hennepin County Library Storytelling events.  Enjoy musical performances, a variety of vendor booths, recreational activities for children, food vendors and an overall great time for community togetherness.

For more information, map and location visit the official event website at

This year, Skills 4 Life is proud to participate in the event by hosting an informational booth; made possible by the generosity of local businesses.

Skills 4 Life would like to thank Target in Brooklyn Center, Target in Crystal, and Walmart in Brooklyn Center for their generous donations. Make sure to stop by our booth and say hello, and learn more about the organization and how you can get involved.


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It’s a Minneapolis Painting Party!

Hey Twin Cities! We’re Getting Creative with a Painting Party to Benefit Local Homeless Youth Initiatives.

Join us on Saturday, April 16th, for Step-by-Step instruction by local artist Kenneth Caldwell (Caldwell’s Paint Time). This is a great opportunity to support a local artist and brand new nonprofit. Light snacks and wine will be provided.

Make it a fun night out! Invite your friends and let’s paint the town, while we mix and mingle!

TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
1007 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis MN

PRICE: $40 for 16 x 20 canvas

Space is Limited with room for 45 guests. This class will fill up fast, so please let us know if you plan on attending and reserve your space today with a PayPal payment to:

Include: “April 16th Paint Night with Skills 4 Life” in the memo of the payment. If you do not have a PayPal account, we will take cash payment at the door the night of the event, but cannot guarantee space.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to support Skills 4 Life you can make a donation via our Go Fund Me Page –

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An Easter Message to the Twin Cities

The Easter Season is a Time of Renewal.

It’s a renewal of faith, strength and life. It’s also a time of family and reflection, and a time of renewed optimism that help drive us forward. Unfortunately, for some Twin Cities teens, this season is another reminder of the struggles ahead.

They’re reminded of their lack of direction, resources and safe harbors. This season, for many, is renewal of their fears of the future. And, the homeless teen population is a demographic that continues to to grow today throughout the Twin Cities area.

So, while you’re home and sharing a blessed meal with family and friends this Easter, please remember those children who are alone today and lacking the physical, emotional, and faithful nourishment we easily take for granted.

Remember them, not only in your prayers, but also in your consideration of their futures through a financial contribution so they, too, can have a renewed outlook this year.

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