Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH-MN)

OSAH-MN meeting with Sophia Schilling of Senator Betty McCollum’s staff to discuss the need for rental assistance,
the importance of home to health, the intersection of child protection services and home, and much more.

The Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH-MN) is a federal advocacy campaign working to meet the housing needs of under resourced Minnesotans. 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. 

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  • Download OSAH-MN’s informational one-pager, including mission statement here.
  • Learn about the Opportunity Starts at Home national campaign here.

Questions about OSAH-MN? Contact Elizabeth Glidden at elizabeth.glidden at mhponline.org 

Grant Opportunities:

Small grant participation support

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.

The application is open until grant funds are expended.  

Organizing RFP

  • OSAH-MN seeks to grow its coalition membership and participation through cross-sector organizing, including seeking support to help identify and recruit new members as well as support their continued participation and engagement in OSAH-MN activities. Responses to this RFP will be considered on an ongoing basis starting Friday, March 25, 2022, at 5 pm. Please send all responses by email to elizabeth.glidden@mhponline.org

MN-OSAH Highlights:

  • Letter urging Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation to allocate the highest possible funding for housing purposes in the forthcoming economic recovery bills. (9/23/21)
  • Letter to Minnesota Members of Congress to support the HoUSed Campaign. (5/23/21)
  • Federal Housing Advocacy Webinar (3/26/21), Presentation slides (PDF): here, Recording: here, Meeting Chat (PDF): here.
  • Webinar on effectively engaging your congressional delegation on housing issues (10/20/20). Presentation slides (PDF): here, Recording: here
  • Letter urging the Minnesota Congressional Delegation support emergency housing assistance, a national uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, unsheltered homelessness. (7/15/20)
  • Letter to Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation with the National Campaign’s COVID-10 Round 4 Recommendations. (4/8/20)