The Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH-MN) is a federal advocacy organization working to meet the housing needs of under resourced Minnesotans. We recognize the persistent racial disparities in access to stable housing and are focused on how housing insecurity is often linked to inadequate access to employment, mental health services, education, and other core needs. Housing is an intersectional issue, so it is important that our membership reflects the communities and organizations that must be marshalled to ensure that everyone has a place to call home. Despite the increasing number of cost-burdened renters and people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota, we know that there are proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability. OSAH-MN is committed to organizing locally and acting at the federal level to secure the resources necessary to ensure that everyone has a home.
Join us! Complete this form to be added to Endorse the campaign and receive invitation to our monthly meetings.
Download OSAH-MN's informational one-pager here.
Learn about the Opportunity Starts at Home national campaign here.
Grants for Participation in OSAH Activities:
OSAH-MN is offering small grants of $1,000 to support the ability of organizations to participate in and influence OSAH-MN monthly meetings and/or events. Grant awards shall be prioritized to support:
- Black, Indigenous and People of Color led organizations
- Organizations primarily serving/membership of Black, Indigenous and People of Color
- Organizations empowering communities/people most impacted by housing need and housing instability
- Organizations based in and serving Greater Minnesota and/or rural communities
Apply here: Small grant participation support. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until further notice.
On September 23, 2021 the Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home sent a letter to Minnesota's Congressional Delegation urging for the highest possible allocation of funding for housing purposes is included in the forthcoming economic recovery bills, here.
On May 5, 2021 the Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home forwarded a letter asking Minnesota Members of Congress to support the HoUSed campaign, here.
On October 20, 2020 the Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home hosted a webinar on effectively engaging your congressional delegation on housing issues. Presentation slides (PDF): here, Recording: here
On July 15, 2020 MHP and the Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home sent a letter, here to the Minnesota Congressional Delegation urging support for emergency housing assistance, a national uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, unsheltered homelessness.
On April 8, 2020 OSAH-MN’s Multi-Sector Coalition sent a letter to Minnesota's Congressional Delegation with the National Campaign’s COVID-19 Round 4 Recommendations, here.