Housing Strategy & Advocacy Team

Lack of affordable housing is a major issue that affects people in the Twin Cities, Washington County and the St. Croix Valley. It’s estimated that on any given night there are around 7,000 people that are homeless in the Twin Cities. This is due to a lack of affordable housing.

The Housing Strategy and Advocacy Team (HSAT) is a collaboration of church members from congregations in the Washington Co. and the St. Croix Valley that are working to reduce homelessness through emergency housing and affordable housing initiatives. The team’s objectives are:

  • educate the community regarding the condition of its homeless neighbors.
  • identify homelessness mitigating solutions.
  • collaboratively advocate by rallying faith community, secular community, and government support that enable implementation of homelessness and affordable housing solutions that improve our neighbors’ lives.

The HSAT is not restricted to the faith community. Any organization, policy maker, government official or individual working to reduce homelessness is welcome. Many hands, hearts and minds are needed to solve this problem.

For additional information, please contact John Hodler or Jeff Anderson.

Trinity has a long history of working with our neighbors in housing crisis. This accompaniment ministry offers tangible Easter hope in our shared values as God’s people.
Check out and share these two GREAT videos highlighting this work. Please prayerfully consider advocating for the Emergency Housing Services Building project for Washington County.

Tiny Home

HSAT partnered with the organization called Settled to sponsor a tiny home for a person experiencing chronic homelessness. Sacred Settlements prioritize sustainable housing, purposeful work, and supportive community. Many thanks to everyone that donated money and time to successfully cover the cost of building a Tiny Home for a person experiencing homelessness. If you have questions about the tiny home initiative, please contact Mark Weber.

The tiny home is complete and has been placed in a Sacred Settlement. Sacred Settlement Mosaic is officially open. Please watch the short video above from Settled: The First Sacred Settlement is Open. Settled.

Hear more about Settled in the video below with CEO and Co-founder, Gabrielle Clowdus who was the guest speaker at Trinity’s Faith Forum on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2021. She overviews “Sacred Settlements” which are an innovative, research-based way to address chronic long-term homelessness by developing holistic tiny home communities in cooperation with faith communities.