Bemidji’s “Housing Matter” receives award of excellence

Bemidji’s “Housing Matters” won an award of excellence from the Department of Human Services.

DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead presented the award to the Bemidji agency Tuesday.

Agencies were recognized for their commitment to providing basic needs and essential services to the state’s residents.

Housing Matters’ mission is for every disabled person experiencing long-term homelessness to have a stable living environment in the community of their choosing.

Housing Matters, according to the release, has helped address Bemidji’s growing housing crisis by developing a community-site supportive housing model, leading to more supportive housing initiatives.

The organization also provides Housing Stabilization Services, the state Medicaid benefit launched in July 2020 that helps people find and keep housing.

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