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homes. Homelessness is expensive for taxpayers because the homeless go to hospital emergency rooms, jails, detox facilities, and other expensive services. The Hearth Connection's outcomes are impressive. Extensive research demonstrates that Hearth Connection use public resources more productively and is breaking the cycle of homelessness.

The Hearth Connection solution to homelessness is to finance, develop and manage a network of supportive housing providers that houses people with long histories of homelessness. They provide support for the homeless and help them get treatment for mental illness, addictions and medical problems.

Homelessness is difficult for government or charities to solve alone because both the problem and the solution are complex. As an intermediary, Hearth Connection brings together faith communities, non-profit social service agencies, housing developers, neighborhoods, philanthropy, hospitals and all levels of government. Hearth Connection's special contribution is rethinking the problem of homelessness by taking it on systemically.

Apple Tree Dental

The top unmet health care need for low-income Minnesotans is dental care. Annually, an estimated 20,000 visits to emergency departments in Minnesota are for dental infections that could have been prevented. Apple Tree Dental addresses this problem in a whole new way. Apple Tree Dental provides comprehensive dental services for almost 15,000 low-income Minnesotans enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) including Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.

Recognizing that traditional dental clinics were not reaching people with the greatest needs, Apple Tree created the "Community Collaborative Practice Model" as a three-way partnership among a group dental practice, community organization and an on-site dental care team. The Community Collaborative Practice Model brings care to low-inco
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