Nonprofit Bemidji Area Housing Recognized for Work Against Homelessness

The housing crisis in Beltrami County is a growing concern for individuals and organizations. The non-profit group Housing Matters is at the forefront of the fight against this crisis.

The organization was recently recognized for its work in Bemidji and surrounding communities by the Minnesota Department of Social Services, and it looks like the group isn’t slowing down these exceptional efforts anytime soon.

It takes work to make a dream a reality. For Patrick Harrington, his goal of tackling the housing crisis in the Bemidji area has turned into a non-profit organization that exemplifies his mission: Housing Matters.

The work done over the years of the organization’s existence includes participating in different affordable and stable housing projects in the region, such as the brand new East Conifer Estates in Bemidji. In addition to providing different services to its clients, Housing Matters focuses on each individual. They currently serve about 180 people, including adults and children.

These efforts have now been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Social Services. On September 27, the group received the Minnesota DHS Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award for 2022. Housing Matters is the first of seven social service organizations in Minnesota to receive the award this year.

Housing Matters is working to find a full-time mental health therapist to extend its services to its clients. You can find more information about Housing Matters on their website.

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