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Affordable housing options are difficult to secure for people with SPMI. Without stable permanent housing, people with mental illnesses can’t realize other important life goals, including improved health, education, job training, employment, and stable relationships.

About one-fourth of Vail Place members are at risk of homelessness or homeless. On average, over 95% of members who obtain new housing keep it for at least six months.

  • To help members secure safe, affordable, independent housing; and
  • Develop the skills and tools to retain it and achieve self-sufficiency.

Site-based Services

Vail House

Vail House is a 23-bed group residential housing (GRH) facility located at 1025 Sixth St Southeast in Minneapolis. The facility provides transitional housing and services to support homeless adults with mental illness and chemical dependency needs. Up to 23 residents can be served in the communal, transitional housing. Staff work with private landlords throughout Hennepin County to locate permanent housing for participants.

Vail in the Park (VIP)

Vail Place owns a seven unit apartment building in St. Louis Park, called Vail in the Park (VIP), as long term housing. Vail in the Park serves up to 8 individuals who pay 30% of their income as rent; subsidies are provided through the City of St. Louis Park. Housing staff provides ongoing support to these individuals. Vail in the Park opened in fall 2003, and has had turnover in only three apartments since opening.

Louisiana Court Homeless Program

Vail Place receives rental subsidies from MHFA to serve 18 people who have experienced long term homelessness. These tenants receive ongoing support in how to maintain an apartment, be a good tenant, budget their money, and learn to be successful in the community. The rental subsidies are funded through Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) and staffing is supported with State of Minnesota HSASMI funds.

Dow Towers and Hamilton House

Vail Place provides referrals to services, assists tenants in preparing for inspections, coordinates education and wellness speakers, and provides supportive services so tenants can be successful in their housing. Vail Place has a contract with the City of Hopkins to provide staff at Dow Towers Public Housing, and in St. Louis Park to provide staff at Hamilton House. The Hamilton House and Dow Tower services are funded through HUD.

Notice of Privacy Practices Policy: ROSS Program

(Created: 2003 | Updated: 2010, 2014 | Current: 2015)


For additional information contact

Coordinated Entry of Hennepin County (612-348-4111) and Hennepin County Shelter Team (612-348-9410)