Homeless Senior Resources
In 2011 the Steven’s Square Foundation provided a grant to MESH to present a series of trainings on issues affecting homeless seniors. This webpage was compiled to share information and resources learned from this training series. If you have a resource that should be added to this list please e-mail events(at)mesh-mn.org
More information about the Steven’s Square Foundation can be found at: Steven’s Square Foundation
Resource Databases and Hotlines
Senior Linkage Hotline
Minnesota Senior Link
Minnesota Disability Link
Minnesota Homeless Resource Link
Vulnerable Adults and Mandated Reporting
There are many complexities in situations involving whether or not an individual needs to report a potential incident of vulnerable adults. If you have any questions about the need to report an incident of abuse, it is always best to call your County’s Vulnerable Adult Hotline.
End of Life Care
End of Life Care can be one of the toughest, yet most important, issues facing homeless seniors. Attached is a health care directive that can help you and your client though this difficult process. This health care directive is a critical tool in ensuring that the last wishes of a homeless seniors are honored. If you have any questions about the health care directive or how to implement in your organization you can contact Dawn Petroskas at dawn.petroskas(at)cctwincities.org
SELPH Living Will
Memory Loss and Cognitive Impairments
Dr. Terry R. Barclay presented a training on working with clients with memory loss and other cognitive impairments. Dr. Barclay has graciously agreed to share his PowerPoint from this training which includes an overview of common memory loss illnesses, resources to test clients with dementia, and communication strategies on working with people with memory loss.
Memory Loss PowerPoint
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota also provides numerous resources for people suffering with a brain injury
Brain Injury Association of Minnesota Website
Respite care provides homeless people recovering from surgery or a serious illness a safe environment to heal. Contact the following resources for respite information.
In Ramsey County
SSI and SSDI Application Resources
According to the Wilder Foundation, 79% of homeless people report that they have a disability and/or mental illness. Despite the prevalence of disability and mental illness, only 11% of homeless people are receiving SSI and/or SSDI. The following resources are provided to help people successfully complete an SSI/SSDI application.
Main SOAR Webpage
Social Security 101 Webinar
Applying Online for Disability Webinar
Disability Starter Kit
Compassionate Living Allowances
Representative Payee: Roles and Responsibility Webinar
SSI Legal Services
Cooper and Reid
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS)