Celebrating over six months of Avivo Village success and progress!
August 16, 2021
Avivo Village Update
We are excited to share an update on Avivo Village as we continue to work hard with partners, funders, and government leaders on unsheltered homelessness. Avivo Village has been open for over six months now and is home to individuals moving from homelessness to permanent housing.
Emily Bastian, Avivo Vice President of Ending Homelessness
This is a good time to share our successes so far at Avivo Village, as of July 31, 2021:
97 residents in July
182 individuals have been served since opening
28 people are permanently housed
17 of 28 people found housing within an Avivo housing program
84% of people served identify as black, Indigenous or people of color
18 different tribal affiliations are represented
100% of people served have been homeless and living on the streets for a minimum of one year
21-64 years is the age range of people served
100% of residents are connected to community services, healthcare and resources
73 days is the average stay in order to find permanent housing
Of the individuals served, 62 percent identify as American Indian or Native; 28 percent, black and multi-racial. Fifty-two percent identified as male; 47 percent, as female; one percent, as transgender.
Avivo Village Services
Since opening, Avivo Village has grown its services to meet the needs of its residents. Currently, Avivo Village offers:
Housing case management
Chemical health and mental health assessments
Nursing services on site by a nurse practitioner
COVID-19 testing and vaccinations
Medication Assisted Treatment services
HIV testing and education
Daily groups and activities
Partnerships & Volunteerism
In addition to connecting residents to Avivo services, Avivo Village is partnering with several entities including Native American Community Clinic (NACC), White Earth Nation, Southside Harm Reduction, Hennepin County, and Red Door Clinic. We are currently working to increase our mental health services in partnership with NACC as well as begin Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) outreach. NACC is coming into Avivo Village on a bi-weekly basis to offer MAT outreach, general medical care or prenatal care.
We are proud of our strong and growing relationship with our North Loop neighbors and members of the North Loop Neighborhood Association. A neighbor provided a Little Free Library! We are working with business members on planning yoga group sessions, acupuncture, and writing groups. Colonial Church of Edina is also a strong partner, providing generous financial support as well as welcome baskets that provide much needed household supplies for residents who move in and move on. Wells Fargo has made a large gift that will help transform an existing room into a sensory space for yoga and other calming mindfulness activities. Target has designed and covered the costs to furnish our residents’ lounge. And funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is being used to create a formal evaluation tool to measure the impact of Avivo Village.
Opportunities & Funding Needs
Avivo Village has had the opportunity to host Representative Ilhan Omar and Senator Tina Smith to support legislative work on advancing housing and shelter expansion. We continue to work with city, county, and state representatives to address the crisis of unsheltered homelessness in our city and county. We are working with our partners to renew public funding that has been critical to partially supporting Avivo Village operations. We also must continue to raise funds from philanthropy and private sources to support the robust service model at Avivo Village.
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Emily Bastian, Avivo Vice President of Ending Homelessness.
Tom and Lexi have moved on to permanent places to call home!
Tom* was unemployed and homeless. Once settled in Avivo Village, he became very active – meeting with staff to work on his goals and engaging with employment services. His hard work and collaboration paid off in his 60 days while living at Avivo Village! He obtained employment and secured an apartment that helps him maintain his employment, reconnect with family and host his children, and continue to grow.
Images: Resident artwork created during an activity to honor Pride.
*Resident names are changed for privacy
Lexi* was one of the first residents in Avivo Village. She was four months pregnant, suffering from overwhelming morning sickness, and living on the streets. Once stabilized and receiving meals in Avivo Village, she received her first prenatal appointment and medical attention for the morning sickness. Connecting with housing case management and a place to stay afforded her the time to get well and find housing. She was placed in permanent supportive housing with her partner and recently gave birth to a healthy baby!
Our weekend team led creative Pride activities!
Thank you for your amazing support and partnership!