If you could help save your neighbor from homelessness, would you take five minutes to do it? A contribution today to STEP’s Housing Assistance Program will assist a St. Louis Park family in danger of losing their housing due to a temporary financial crisis.


According to the U.S. Census, 36.8% of St. Louis Park renters pay more than 30% of their income on housing. Due to a lack of affordable options, many low-income families spend well above half of their income in housing costs. When so much of your income is taken from housing, it is easy to imagine how difficult it is to build savings to weather a job loss, health problem, or another crisis. Something as common as a car repair can endanger a family’s ability to make rent that month.


STEP responds to families facing a one-time financial crisis with our Housing Assistance Program. We evaluate each individual’s situation and provide those in greatest need with a one-time emergency assistance grant. The program keeps families in their homes.


Unfortunately, we only have resources to fulfill a segment of the need. Once a family has initially lost their housing, the cycle can be hard to recover from. Fewer landlords will rent to families with eviction-related court records. People with poor credit and housing records often pay more for poorer housing.


We can prevent or stop the cycle for a family with emergency financial assistance. If you are interested in helping ensure a St. Louis Park family stays housed and secure, donate to STEP’s Housing Assistance Program, and together we will help our neighbors in need.


Please take a moment and donate whatever you are comfortable. We need to raise at least $15,000 in order to maintain our current level of emergency housing support.


Thank you.

For more information about housing needs in St. Louis Park, click here to read Sun Sailor article.