Historic fundraising campaign fuels new housing initiative for Minnesota’s homeless veterans

Lennar Minnesota’s renderings of the Veteran Village. The first of its kind, this community build project is designed to house up to 60 veterans and their families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The Housing First Minnesota Foundation and Lennar are taking a significant step toward ending veteran homelessness with the announcement of a Veteran Village project.

According to the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, over 200 veterans are currently experiencing homelessness throughout the state. The Housing First Minnesota Foundation, in partnership with Lennar and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), aims to bring that number to zero.

The Veteran Village, the first of its kind, is designed to house up to 60 veterans and their families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The initiative marks a significant milestone in the Foundation’s mission to provide safe and stable housing for veterans.

“This project represents a monumental step in our ongoing mission to eradicate veteran homelessness in Minnesota,” said Sofia Humphries, executive director of the Housing First Minnesota Foundation. “By providing safe and stable housing, we are not just giving our veterans a place to live, but also the dignity and support they deserve for their selfless service to our country.”

The project was made possible through an aggressive fundraising campaign earlier this year, the largest in the Foundation’s history. Nearly $1.5 million was raised to support the Veteran Village project, and now the Foundation is entering a new phase of fundraising, with the goal of raising another million dollars by the fall of next year.

The Foundation has a long history of building and remodeling homes for Minnesotans in need, completing 11 Housing for Heroes build projects and providing over 33,000 square feet of housing for Minnesotans experiencing homelessness. Currently, the Foundation is also building three homes in Minneapolis, which will provide 10 more beds for homeless veterans.