St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul and the St. Paul Public Schools announced the launch of the Families First Housing Pilot.

The program, announced Feb. 4, will provide a $300 monthly rent supplement to families with children in St. Paul Public Schools, in addition to ongoing housing support services for up to three years.

“Safe, stable housing for every child in our community is vital,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “Our Families First Housing Pilot provides critical resources to realize this vision, so families and their children can thrive.”

“Keeping students in their homes and their schools is vital for their future success,” said Dr. Joe Gothard, St. Paul Public Schools superintendent. “I am pleased the City of St. Paul heard the needs in our schools and was a willing and able partner to respond to those needs.”

Participating schools include Benjamin E. Mays IB World School, Jackson Elementary School, Maxfield Elementary School, Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary, John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary, St. Paul City School and St. Paul Music Academy.

Families are eligible if they have at least one Pre-K to 3rd-grade student enrolled in a participating St. Paul Public School, have income at or below 30 percent area median income (AMI), which is a household income of $30,000 for a family of four, are not receiving another housing subsidy and pay 40 percent or more of their income for rent.

Applications will be accepted on a referral-only basis by designated staff members at each participating school.

The rent subsidy will be administered by the St. Paul Public Housing Agency, and supportive services will be provided by the Community Stabilization Project, St. Paul City School in partnership with Model Cities, Neighborhood House, Wilder Foundation and YWCA St. Paul.

The program is funded with $3 million from the St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s Housing Trust Fund and will support up to 250 families for up to three years. Additional funding is provided by the Family Housing Fund, McKnight Foundation, Pohlad Foundation, and St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation.

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