Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard

The City of St. Paul and St. Paul Public Schools announced the launch of a ‘Families First Housing Pilot’ on Tuesday that will provide eligible Saint Paul families a $300 monthly rent supplement and ongoing supportive services for up to three years.

“Keeping students in their homes and their schools is vital for their future success,” Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard said in a statement. “I am pleased the City of Saint Paul heard the needs in our schools and was a willing and able partner to respond to those needs.”

Gothard was an assistant superintendent for secondary schools for the Madison Metropolitan School District before leaving to become the superintendent of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District in Minnesota. Before that, Gothard was principal at Madison La Follette High School.

Eligible families for the Families First Housing Pilot are those with incomes at or below 30% AMI, who pay 40% or more of their income for rent, are not receiving another housing subsidy, and have at least one Pre-K to 3rd-grade student enrolled in a participating school.