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BOARD/COMMISSION:  Task Force on Shelter


Address

400 Wabasha St No # 400
St. Paul, MN
55102


Supporting Entity/Enabling Legislation Supported by Housing Finance Agency

ENABLING LEGISLATION
2021 First Special Session, Chapter 8
Enabled: 07-01-2021 Expires: 08-31-2022

Chair and Contact
CONTACT
Elizabeth Dressel
(651) 248-5548
  • CHAIR
Membership

Membership includes: Commissioner of Human Services or a designee; Commissioner of Corrections or a designee; Commissioner of Health or a designee; Commissioner of Public Safety or a designee; Commissioner of Transportation or a designee; Commissioner of Veterans Affairs or a designee; three public members who have experienced homelessness and resided in a shelter, at least one must be from greater MN; one public member who has experienced homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered; one representative of Street Voices of Change; one representative of Freedom from the Streets; two representatives from an organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities; one representative from an organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness; one representative from an organization that provides legal services to persons experiencing homelessness; four representatives of organizations representing shelter providers of whom, two must provide shelter in the seven-county metro area and two must provide shelter in greater Minnesota, one of which must provide shelters to families and one of which must also be a victim service provider that is funded to provide shelter to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; two representatives from cities, one representing a metropolitan city and the other representing a city in greater MN; two representatives from counties, one representing a metropolitan county and the other representing a county in greater MN.

Member Info

COMPENSATION

  • Per Diem: $0.00
  • Other Compensation: Task force members shall serve without compensation, except for the public members. Members eligible for compensation shall receive expenses as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 6. Members of advisory task forces shall not receive the per diem specified in this section but shall receive expenses in the same manner and amount as provided in the commissioner's plan under section 43A.18, subdivision 2. Members who, as a result of time spent attending task force meetings.

MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

  • Requires Older Member - no
  • Requires Senate Approval - no
  • Members file campaign finance and disclosure - no

Entity Powers and Duties, Activity Summary

The Task Force on Shelter is established to develop standards for the provision of shelter and examine the need for, and feasibility and cost of, establishing state oversight of shelter. The Task Force is required to examine existing shelter policies and practices in shelters of all types, engage stakeholders, and make recommendations to the legislature regarding standards that will strengthen the shelter system and ensure that shelters have the ability and resources to provide safe and appropriate shelter services to those in need. The task force must submit an initial report to the legislature no later than February 1, 2022 and a final report no later than August 31, 2022.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY



Meeting Information
Meetings typically last: First meeting is scheduled for August 16, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 pm.
Meeting Frequency: The Task Force must meet at least once every two months. Meeting schedule will be determined by the Task Force.

Meetings are held at:
The first meeting will take place virtually, with potential for future in person meetings to take place in St. Paul, MN. The August 16, 2021 meeting can be accessed at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5129567406996938511


Fiscal Information
Annual Staff Hours:
Total Appropriations:
Appropriations Description:
Fiscal Year Expenses:

Expenses Description:

Open Positions (0)
No Open Positions

NAME
POSITION
APPLICATION DATE
ACTION
Mr. Robert Anderson
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/3/2021
Laurel Buck
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/23/2021
Melissa Carlson
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/7/2021
Kevin Formo
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/6/2021
Amanda Leathers
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/15/2021
Kristin Miller
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/14/2021
Ashley Riley
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/19/2021
Michael Roberts
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
8/2/2021
Sherry Shannon
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
7/22/2021
Rachel Bannister
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
7/20/2021
Randy Fritz Thereelfritz@gmail.com
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
7/28/2021
Mr. Douglas Jacobson
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
7/14/2021
Michelle Pontrelli
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
7/23/2021
Michelle Pontrelli
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
7/23/2021
July Vang
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
7/22/2021
Tamara Ward
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
7/23/2021
Kristin Frye
Freedom from the Streets
7/16/2021
Tyra Thomas
Street Voices of Change
7/22/2021
abdullahi abdullahi
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/25/2021
Molly Bartell mbartell@ststephensmpls.org
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/19/2021
Ariana Daniel
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/7/2021
Nikki Danko
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/5/2021
Selena Davis
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Selena Davis
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Selena Davis
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Selena Davis
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Align Minneapolis Katie Dillon
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/16/2021
Ms HANNATU ANNE GREEN
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/22/2021
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Shannon Gregory sgregory@mac-v.org
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Mrs. Denise Gudvangen
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/22/2021
Mr. Jonathan Harris
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/10/2021
Nicole Hilgendorf
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/22/2021
Andrea Hinderaker
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/15/2021
Breaking Free Stephanie Mullen
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/19/2021
Quincy Powe
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Quincy Powe
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Josephine Pufpaff jipufpaff@gmail.com
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
Mary Riegert
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/22/2021
Ann Shapiro
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/23/2021
John Slade
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/22/2021
John Slade
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/22/2021
Cera Swiftwater-Hayes
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/22/2021
Zara Wolfe
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
7/20/2021
Ashley Boldin
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
7/23/2021
Elizabeth Hiatt
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
7/14/2021
Judith Moe
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
7/22/2021
Ms. Dianne Naus
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
7/20/2021
Autism Society of Minnesota Jillian Nelson jnelson@ausm.org
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
7/22/2021
Sam Smith
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
7/23/2021
Christopher Uchello chris.uchello@gmail.com
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
7/23/2021
Mr. Ron Elwood
Organization that provides legal services to persons experiencing homelessness
7/15/2021
Mary Hilfiker
Representatives from Cities
7/16/2021
Julie Jeppson
Representatives from Cities
7/9/2021
Phil Manz
Representatives from Cities
7/26/2021
Kim Norton
Representatives from Cities
7/16/2021
Katherine Topinka
Representatives from Cities
7/22/2021
Laura Birnbaum
Representatives from Counties
7/21/2021
Summer Conard
Representatives from Counties
7/26/2021
Mr. Steven Gardner G
Representatives from Counties
7/19/2021
Mr. Steven Gardner G
Representatives from Counties
7/23/2021
Mr David Hewitt
Representatives from Counties
7/20/2021
Trista MatasCastillo
Representatives from Counties
7/19/2021
Donald Olson
Representatives from Counties
7/16/2021
Mary O'Neil
Representatives from Counties
7/15/2021
Karina Schmitz
Representatives from Counties
8/2/2021
Central MN Catholic WOrker Molly Weyrens mollyweyrens@gmail.com
Representatives from Counties
7/23/2021
Ms. Naly Yang
Representatives from Counties
7/23/2021
Matrix Housing Services Subi Ambrose subi@matrixhousingservices.org
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/23/2021
Ariana Daniel
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/13/2021
Sesany Fennie-Jones sfenniejones@havenhousing.org
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/6/2021
MS Terry Forliti
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/14/2021
MS Terry Forliti
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/14/2021
Amber Gale
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/14/2021
Mr. Richard Gehrke rich.gehrke@lssmn.org
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/22/2021
Christina Heineken Woodlee
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/20/2021
West Central MN Communities Action Amber Holmstrom amberh@wcmca.org
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/21/2021
Stephen Horsfield
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/20/2021
Stephen Horsfield
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/20/2021
Jennifer Horton
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/7/2021
Angela Larson angela.larson@unitedcapmn.org
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/22/2021
Sara Liegl
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/23/2021
Christine Michels
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/13/2021
Reed Olson
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/14/2021
Michelle Perrin
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/23/2021
Susan Peterson-Koesterman
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/13/2021
Ms. Carol Priest
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/15/2021
Rinal Ray
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/19/2021
Gary Russell
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/14/2021
Matthew Sexton
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/22/2021
Pastor Carol Smith
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/22/2021
Tamara Stark
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/22/2021
Rose Surma
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/20/2021
Salvation Army Harbor Light Center Trish Thacker trish.thacker@usc.salvationarmy.org
Shelter Provider Representatives
7/6/2021

No pending appointments found.

POSITION/SEAT
APPOINTING AUTHORITY
MEMBER NAME
STATUS
TERM END
ACTION
Commissioner of Corrections (or designee)
Commissioner of Corrections
Filled
08/31/2022
Commissioner of Health (or Designee)
Commissioner of Health
Filled
08/31/2022
Commissioner of Human Services (or designee)
Commissioner of Human Services
Filled
08/31/2022
Commissioner of Public Safety (or Designee)
Commissioner of Public Safety
Filled
08/31/2022
Commissioner of Transportation (or Designee)
Commissioner of Transportation
Filled
08/31/2022
Commissioner of Veterans Affairs (or Designee)
Commissioner of Veterans Affairs
Filled
08/31/2022
Staff Contact
Staff
Filled
07/01/2025
Staff Contact #2
Staff
Filled
07/07/2025

Current Members (18)
POSITION/SEAT
APPOINTING AUTHORITY
MEMBER NAME
STATUS
TERM END
Freedom from the Streets Representative
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Organization that advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Representative #1 - Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Representative #2 - Organization that advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Representative from an organization that provides legal services to persons experiencing homelessnes
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Public Member - Experienced Homelessness and chose to remain unsheltered
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Public Member #1 - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Public Member #2 - Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Public Member #3 - (Greater Minnesota) Experienced Homelessness and Resided in a Shelter
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Representative from Cities - Greater Minnesota
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Representative from Cities - Metropolitan city
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Representative from Counties - Greater Minnesota
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Representative from Counties - Metropolitan County
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Shelter Provider #1 (seven-county metro area)
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Shelter Provider #2 (seven-county metro area)
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Shelter Provider #3 (Greater Minnesota)
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Shelter Provider #4 (Greater Minnesota)
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022
Street Voices of Change Representative
Director - MN Interagency Council on Homelessness
Filled
08/31/2022