Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council

Research & Planning

Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council provides research, planning and coordination of human services for the Northwest Hennepin area as a Joint Powers Agreement of 9 member cities with great diversity in both rural and suburban settings. Our community-based, regionally-focused research and planning develops new ideas for programs and services.  We are part of a regional effort to make necessary systemic changes with community partners while connecting people with existing resources.

Our Work

  • Local public access to, and assistance with, Census Bureau reports and data. Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council is one of the five U.S. Census Bureau affiliates in Hennepin County, and the only one in the Northwest Hennepin region
  • Timely responses to data requests from city and county staff, local organizations and residents
  • Yearly City Profiles of demographic, economic, and housing data and trends
  • Community assessments to identify regional human services issues and needs
  • Strategic planning with key stakeholders to better coordinate services
  • Full reports on current topics of local interest to illuminate trends, disseminate best practices, and underscore areas of need

Featured Research

Global Neighbors: Identifying Diverse Populations in Northwest Hennepin County Using School District Enrollment Data 
Northwest Hennepin County is changing faster than the U.S. Census Bureau can keep pace. This report uses data compiled from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), school districts and individual public elementary schools that serve cities in Northwest Hennepin County. The data represents only families with school-aged children, but provides a more recent glimpse from 2000-2001 to 2006-2007 into the region's changing demographics.

January, 2009

Shattered Dreams Report: The Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis in Sububan Hennepin County and its Impact on Cities and Communities

January 2008

Northwest Hennepin Census Data Maps

Students from the University of Minnesota developed dot density maps for the following: youth, seniors, foreign born residents, minorities, low income residents, African Americans, Asian residents, and Hispanic residents. The maps were developed using U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 Census data.


Northwest Hennepin Census Data maps

Northwest Hennepin HUman services maps 

In partnership with students from the University of Minnesota, the Northwest Hennepin Emergency Services Network Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council developed maps depicting the locations of each of the human service providers in the region, Emergency Services Eligbility Areas, and Human Service Gap Analysis maps. 

Emergency Services Eligibility Areas
Human Services Gap Anlaysis