Hennepin County 2017 Community Needs Assessment Findings 

Every three years, Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) completes a Community Needs Assessment and informant survey which helps inform CAP-HC’s strategic planning and expansion of services to residents of Hennepin County. For this year’s assessment, CAP-HC partnered with Wilder Research Foundation to complete a comprehensive evaluation of Hennepin County needs that incorporates the input of hundreds of community members with low incomes.

CAP-HC also hosted a series of four community forums across Hennepin County with community leaders, partners, and providers to share these findings and discuss the needs of the community with greater width and depth. Forum attendees added to the list of needs based on their experiences with the community. This information will be transferred into a report on August 25th and will serve as an addendum to the assessment.

CAP-HC is also conducting at least four focus groups across Hennepin County throughout August and September in order to capture even more input on community needs from low-income individuals, clients, and residents of the county. We will add that supplemental report to this page when it is available. If you would like more information on these focus groups or are interested in being notified when the report is ready, please contact Kim Mongoven at kmongoven@caphennepin.org.

As part of our ongoing assessment of community needs we are also collecting surveys online and in-person (in English, Spanish, and Somali).  If you provide us with your name, telephone number, and city of residence you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards. Winners will be notified by the first week of October 2017. We have paper copies at all of our outreach events or if you would like a paper one sent via mail contact Alona Lee, alee@caphennepin.org. We will publish the findings of these surveys annually.

We have also included in the links below supplemental information helpful to an understanding of community needs in Hennepin County: the City of Minneapolis Resident Survey Executive Summary, Report, and Data Book that Wilder completed for the City of Minneapolis in December of 2016. 

CAP-HC Reports:


  • Community Forum Report (coming August 25th)
  • Focus Group Report (coming in November)

Supplemental City of Minneapolis Study:


Questions? Contact Kim Mongoven at kmongoven@caphennepin.org