Westminster’s Housing Ministry Team supports the full spectrum of housing needs within our community, increasing awareness of homelessness issues, and effecting change that will help end homelessness.
This ministry extends from pounding nails on a Habitat for Humanity project to advocating before state and local elected officials to developing new affordable housing units with the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Aeon.
The church provides volunteer and financial support for homeless shelters, families in transition, house painting, affordable supportive housing for youth, a center for daily resources, Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, and several non-profit affordable housing developers.
Projects supported by Westminster’s Housing Ministry include Nicollet Square, an innovative supportive housing development in south Minneapolis for youth who are transitioning out of either homelessness or foster care. Nicollet Square is a project of the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, with funding and other support from Westminster and Plymouth Congregational Church.
Westminster also is working with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Plymouth Congregational Church to develop supportive, affordable housing for men with high rental barriers, including criminal histories. The latest initiative is Great River Landing, a new project to provide housing to those who face high barriers in finding a place to live. Learn more about this project here. When Great River Landing is completed, the collaborative efforts of Westminster, Plymouth and Beacon will have developed more than 150 units of affordable housing since 2006.
Westminster has made an additional commitment of $3 million to support the development of 150 new units of affordable housing with Aeon. One part of this commitment is The Rose, with 46 units of ultra-sustainable affordable housing at the corner of Franklin and Portland. Read a recent Finance and Commerce profile article on the project and watch the time-lapse video of the construction. Other elements of this commitment include 16 new units in The Maryland (in the space where the King & I Thai Restaurant used to be) and one unit in Paige Hall in downtown Minneapolis.
Next up is support for Aeon to build 90 units of housing in close proximity to Hennepin County Medical Center for medically fragile adults who are homeless or precariously housed.