Imagine living without a home while having a physical, mental or emotional disability. In downtown Minneapolis, a new partnership is forming between government, faith and the business communities that will move people with a disability into a home. The Currie Avenue Partnership is a unique and exciting collaboration that will invest in a dignified solution for people staying in a shelter. In a matter of two weeks, the partnership between the Downtown Business Council, the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness and Heading Home Hennepin's Office to End Homeless came together because we have one goal in mind: Get people off the streets and into housing. As the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, we are an interfaith collaboration of 13 faith communities working on solutions that end homelessness and poverty for people without a home. Solutions are more cost-effective than the cost of shelter, emergency-room and other emergency services accessed by people who are homeless. The Currie Avenue Partnership is a solution that will have a direct impact on the Minneapolis community.

HEIDI JOHNSON MCAllister, Minneapolis;

congregational organizer, Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness