People Serving People

Focus Area: Advocacy in Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in Minneapolis. Opened in 1984, PSP is the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota with 62% of PSP’s guests being children. It provides shelter and multiple support services to move families experiencing homelessness toward self-sufficiency. In 2018, PSP served more than 941 families, with 179 children learning in PSP’s early childhood development classrooms and 269 children engaged in after-school enrichment and activities.

Grant supports PSP’s advocacy work on behalf of families experiencing homelessness. Building on the work of its guest advisory council, parent engagement program, and voter engagement team, PSP is working to build power with its families to change systems. This includes increasing parent advocacy capacity, helping train parents to tell their stories in advocacy settings, increasing staff capacity on advocacy engagement, and bringing the parent voices to decision-making tables.