Hadley to head statewide plan to end homelessness

Kit Hadley has been tapped to lead Heading Home Minnesota — the statewide effort to end homelessness.

Hadley has previously served as director of the Minneapolis Public Library system and commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency — a post she held for eight years.

Carleen Rhodes, Heading Home Minnesota steering committee co-chair
and The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation president and CEO, said Hadley has a “great track record of public service and
executive leadership.

“We believe Kit has the right kind and amount of experience to coordinate and direct our nonpartisan efforts to connect with leaders in business, philanthropy, faith, and public policy and end homelessness across the state,” Rhodes said in a prepared statement.

To date, Heading Home Minnesota, a public-private partnership, has added about 2,000 new supportive housing units (roughly half its goal), added three new regional initiatives to end homelessness and secured $30 million in funding from the state Legislature.

Jim Frey, Frey Foundation president and CEO and Rhodes’ fellow Heading Home co-chair, said Hadley’s leadership “will help us sustain this level of activity.   

“Kit will be joining Heading Home Minnesota at a very important time,” he said.

Heading Home Minnesota was launched in 2004, the result of working group appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

The public-private partnership works with seven regional programs, including Hennepin County’s Heading Home Hennepin — a 10-year plan to end homelessness.
About 70 civic, business and faith leaders in the community developed the plan, which aims to end homelessness by 2016.

For more information on Heading Home Minnesota, go to www.headinghomeminnesota.org. For more information on the county plan, go to www.headinghomehennepin.org.