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Scattered Site Shelter: Duplex

The Duplex Partnership

The Duplex partnership with Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority began in June of 2022.  The partnership came about when Olmsted County HRA saw a need for additional interim housing for families experiencing homelessness.  Since Family Promise has been serving families experiencing housing instability since 2001, who better than to help head this new initiative.   

The duplex was previously a REM home, offering a place to call home for persons with disabilities.  It is a two unit property.  The left side is a two bedroom, offering space for a family of four where the right side is a three bedroom offering space for a family of 6.  

The duplex has become an extension of the Family Promise shelter program at the North Star house.  Families continue to receive case management services along with access to all FPR programming.  Families pay 30% of their income towards rent for up to six months.  This allows for additional time to obtain sustainable housing as well as a positive rental reference.  


In order to make this opportunity possible, a committee was established to outreach this mission to local church groups and community members.  Through their generous partners and financial supporters we are able to keep costs affordable for families starting their new lives on the road to sustainable independence.  

Here are ways you can get involved:

  • Sponsor a month of rent - $1,500

  • Support one or more families in person for a month

    • Welcome the new families when they enter housing​

    • Set-up the apartment ahead of time

    • Assist the family in moving their personal items

    • Introduce the family to their new space

  • Sponsor a unit - help keep the apartment stocked with the essentials

    • Cleaning supplies​

    • Toilet Paper

    • Paper Towels

    • Furnishing needs (as needed)

    • Décor

    • Dinnerware

    • Cookware

  • Be on the planning team

  • Help with transportation

  • Provide maintenance

    • Cleaning​

    • Painting

    • Decorating

    • Yard work and upkeep

    • Snow removal

This opportunity is made possible with supports from our local church partners and Olmsted County HRA.

For more information contact:

Kristelle Behle at


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