Partnerships and Initiatives

Ending Veteran Homelessness

River Valleys CoC was recognized in April 2019 by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness for meeting the federal criteria and benchmarks to declare an end of Veteran homelessness in the CoC region. The CoC was also recognized in July 2019 with a proclamation from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for meeting this goal and advancing the statewide effort to end veteran homelessness. Meeting the criteria for this recognition means that the CoC demonstrated that a system is in place to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and one-time for Veterans. 

Members of the CoC celebrated in August 2019 and took this photo with the Governor's proclamation. 

Ending Youth Homelessness

  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Grant - more information coming soon
  • Homework Starts with Home
  • Education for Children and Youth Who are in Transition and Homeless. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires state and local education agencies to build awareness of the needs of children and youth who are homeless.  See details from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Ending Chronic Homelessness

Ending Family Homelessness

  • More information coming soon

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) 

River Valleys CoC may provide oversight as the Local Board for the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) grantees upon request. In 2020, the CoC Executive Committee - together with additional community members as required by EFSP - is acting as the EFSP Local Board for Olmsted County and Goodhue-Rice-Wabasha Counties (Local Board contact: Three Rivers Community Action).  

Request for Proposals for Olmsted County and Goodhue-Rice-Wabasha County areas

All potential applicants must complete a proposal for one or both Phases, which will be evaluated by the EFSP Local Board. Please note: If you do not complete the RFP, you will be ineligible for EFSP funding. Proposals are due 4:00 pm CT, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Additional RFP Documents:

SUBMISSION: Email your complete proposal packet to Incomplete submissions will not be processed. 

Applicants will be notified of the Local Board’s funding decisions once the Local Board Funding Plan has been submitted to the EFSP National Board on or about October 15, 2020.

EFSP Quick Reference Guides for eligible costs and documentation

EFSP Manuals applicable to Phase 37 and Phase CARES

State and Federal Plans to End Homelessness

River Valleys CoC works in partnership with state, federal and local partners to prevent and end homeless, and we work to align our efforts whenever possible.  

  • Heading Home Together: Minnesota's 2018-2020 Action Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. According to the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, "This plan acknowledges that we all have a role to play to prevent and end homelessness in Minnesota."  
  • U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.  The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness was established through the HEARTH Act of 2009 to coordinate federal response to homelessness and create a national partnership at all levels of government and with the private sector. Goals are set for subpopulations of people experiencing homelessness, including veterans, families with children, youth, and people with disabilities experiencing chronic homelessness.


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