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Avenues for Homeless Youth

Avenues partners with youth experiencing homelessness to achieve their dreams.

For 25 years, Avenues has supported youth ages 16-24 in Hennepin County. Whether a young person needs someplace to stay for just one night, or a year and a half, Avenues empowers youth to find their path out of homelessness. We do that by providing a stable home, building trusting relationships, and navigating the youth’s education, career, health and wellness and housing goals.

At Avenues, we believe:

  • Homelessness does not define a person. It is just one part of a journey that we are here to help young people navigate.
  • All youth experiencing homelessness have or are experiencing trauma. Therefore, mental health is at the center of all our work.
  • There is no one reason why youth experience homelessness – it’s intersectional. Systems of oppression, racism and poverty are of the root causes of homelessness. Without addressing these systems, homelessness will persist.
  • Youth are resilient, inspiring, and the drivers of their own journey. With stability, trust and youth-centered supports, their dreams can become reality.

Avenues work is guided by the 9 Evidence-based, Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homeless and our core values: equity, community, respect and dignity, trust, liberation and anti-oppression.

Location

1708 Oak Park Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411


Avivo

At Avivo, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to live well and work well.

Avivo provides a full spectrum of chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services. Our paired services lay a foundation of health, and social and economic wellness, that transforms lives.

Serving Minnesota since 1960, we specialize in helping individuals and their families who face complex barriers to success – poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chemical addiction or mental health concerns. Avivo helps nearly 15,000 people each year achieve recovery, employment, and economic advancement.

 

Location

1900 Chicago Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404


Bill’s House of Refuge

  • Must have a minimum of 30 days clean and sober.
  • Rent is $585 per month.
  • $295 security/sobriety deposit.
  • Must have a full-time obligation outside of the house (work, school, volunteer work).
  • All fees must be paid on time and in full.
  • Obtain a sponsor and establish a Home Group within 30 days.
  • Must maintain an active recovery program which includes:
    • Attend a minimum of 3 12-Step meetings per week.
    • Complete any I.O.P. or aftercare program.
    • Work the 12-Steps of A.A with your sponsor.
  • Attend weekly house meetings.
  • Curfew is 11:00 P.M. Sunday – Thursday and 1:00 A.M. Friday and Saturday.
  • Be clean, neat and complete any household chores

Location

4573 Bald Eagle Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110


Bluff Country Family Resources

Domestic Violence

24-HOUR, TOLL-FREE CRISIS LINE: 1-866-367-4297

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, financial status, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual preference or orientation. Bluff Country Family Resources provides free individualized crisis intervention, legal and personal advocacy, support groups, as well as information and referrals. Some specific services we offer to victims of domestic violence include:

• 24-hour, toll-free crisis line—1-866-367-4297
• Assistance with writing protective orders
• Transportation and accompaniment to court or the hospital for a forensic exam
• Safety planning
• Emergency hotel/motel safe homing
• Emergency financial assistance
• Support groups
• Personal advocacy
• Crisis Intervention
• Information and Referrals

Sexual Violence

24-HOUR, TOLL-FREE CRISIS LINE: 1-866-367-4297

Sexual violence includes any sexual act from unwanted sexual comments to forced vaginal, oral, or anal penetration. Someone known by the victim is more likely to commit sexual violence, rather than a stranger. This fact can make it very hard to seek services. Bluff Country Family Resources advocates understand that sexual violence, whether committed by a stranger or someone known to the victim is a sensitive topic. Bluff Country Family Resources’ advocates will caringly listen and provide support along the path to survival and healing. Specific services may include:

• 24-hour, toll-free crisis line—1-866-367-4297
• Assistance with writing protective orders
• Transportation and accompaniment to court and/or the hospital for a forensic exam
• Safety planning
• Emergency hotel/motel safe homing
• Emergency financial assistance
• Support groups
• Personal Advocacy
• Crisis Intervention
• Information and Referrals

Housing

Our transitional housing program provides independent living for homeless, income eligible victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children. Eligible participants have their own apartment and receive supportive services to help increase their self-sufficiency and quality of life.  Participants also benefit from Bluff Country Family Resources other programs and advocacy.

Rapid Rehousing (RRH)

RRH provides assistance to homeless domestic violence victims. Eligible participants receive assistance finding safe affordable housing and receive up to 6 months of rent assistance, case management, and supportive services. RRH participants also benefit from Bluff Country Family Resources other programs and advocacy.

For more information about housing: bcfr.housingadvocate@goacentek.net


Bridges of Hope

Experiencing a family crisis? Not sure where to turn next?

Bridges of Hope serves children and families in Crow Wing County and the surrounding communities. Our focus is on assisting families in crisis–whatever the crisis may be–and our staff specializes in connecting families with local resources by drawing on both traditional human services and non-traditional supports.  We work to have an expert knowledge of ALL of our area resources and how to access them.

Bridges of Hope offers different programs & services to assist with a wide range of needs.

If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please call 218.825.7682 or 888.750.7682 to speak with a staff member about your unique situation.

Learn more about Childcare Services

Learn more about Family Support Services 

Learn more about Mentoring Services

Learn more about Resource Connection Services

Learn more about Self-Healing Communities

Location

P.O. Box 742 Brainerd, MN 56401


Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Children and Families:
At St. Joseph’s Home for Children and Northside Child Development Center we work with children and their families to provide a good start in life through a nurturing environment, comfort in crisis, and mental health counseling for bright, strong futures.

New Americans:
Catholic Charities helps refugees work towards independence by reuniting families and providing assistance as they settle.

Older Adults and People With Disabilities:
We serve older adults and people with disabilities, helping them live independently in their homes and connecting homeless elders to housing.

People Experiencing or at Risk of Homelessness:
At places like the Dorothy Day Center, Higher Ground, Family Service Center and the Opportunity Center we provide meals, shelter and opportunities to find jobs, secure a stable home and medical care for those who need it.

Location

1200 2nd Ave. South Minneapolis, MN 55403


Changing Gaits, Inc

EQUINE THERAPY

We entrust horses to show us the way back to health. Work and observation in the horse world lends itself to extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and nonverbal messages we send out.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) & Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)

Equine-assisted work honors the natural behavior of horses and herds. Horses are skilled at keeping themselves safe and are adept at survival. Their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health. In many respects, we as humans have lost the instinct to keep ourselves safe and healthy. We entrust horses to show us the way back to health. Work and observation in the horse world lends itself to extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and nonverbal messages we send out.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) implements the power of equine-assisted philosophies and exercises to introduce therapy clients to themselves in a morality that has been found to be more efficient and less threatening than traditional talk therapy.

Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is a field of practice based on the successes of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). We have learned that everyone can benefit from equine-assisted work – not just therapy clients. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) uses equine-assisted philosophies and exercises in a variety of arenas including parenting and family dynamics, personal coaching, church groups, corporate retreats, and more.

EAP and EAL can help with emotional and behavioral issues, anger management, marriage and relationship issues, abuse and addiction, mental health issues including PTSD, and more. We also work with special needs children and kids that are just going through a tough time.

Changing Gaits Sober Living Community is built on the premise of lifelong sobriety. We are a faith-based residential sober living community that guides men through the transition from early recovery to independent living, focusing on sobriety and personal growth. We are located on a beautiful, expansive, and serene 80 acre ranch in Brook Park, Minnesota. Our unique extended-care sober living program supports and promotes each resident’s recovery and healing in a spiritually uplifting environment.

Changing Gaits Sober Living Community is more than a sober house or a halfway house. We are a structured framework with a faith-based supportive environment designed to help men in early recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism learn how to incorporate and internalize values and behaviors critical for successful long-term recovery and to maintain healthy independent living.

OUR FACILITIES & AMENITIES

  • Located on 80 Beautiful Acres

  • 24 Hour In-House Manager

  • LADC on Staff

  • Equine Therapy Provided

  • Weekly Support Meetings

  • Exercise Equipment

  • Washer & Dryer

  • Cable

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be 18 Years of Age or Older

  • Sobriety (Zero Tolerance Use of Drugs & Alcohol)

  • Have a STRONG desire to stay sober

  • Daily devotion and meditation

  • Attend all in house meetings

  • 3 Mandatory meetings

  • Pay rent on time.

For Availability or to Join our Wait List, please Call: Sam at 763-310-7149 or email: soberliving@changinggaits.org

Location

27274 Monument Rd, Brook Park, MN 55007


Cronin Homes – Rochester

Since 1980 we have provided a facility to house homeless, chemically dependent adults. Primary Focus: Chronic Chemically Dependent persons Services Provided: Residential Facility, Medication Admin., Type of Care: Board and Lodging Special Programs/Groups: Forms of Payment Accepted: Self, Social Security, Group Residential Housing Funding Payment Assistance: GRH through county of financial responsibility Special Language Services: none

Location

825 West Silver Lake Drive NE Rochester, MN 55906


Damascus Way

Damascus Way is a halfway house program serving men with criminal histories. Assistance in finding employment, permanent housing, and a support community is offered. But more than that, we provide opportunities for our residents to consider the deeper issues of their lives. Those who come to Damascus Way are here because they have lost their freedom. The misuse of freedom results in being locked up in addictions, destructive behaviors, and ultimately, behind iron bars.

The Minneapolis facility, located in Golden Valley, has 18 beds.  Men involved with the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Supervised Release, Intensive Supervised Release, and Work Release are all eligible for referrals along with those who have a criminal past.  We also accept those who are seeking a sober living environment.  Features include:

  • Near the bus line, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis
  • Weekly meetings and coaching sessions
  • Assistance in Job and Housing search
  • Private yard with woods and recreation
  • 2 Community Rooms/Lounges
  • Hot meals served every day
  • Washer, Dryer

The Rochester program, serving the Tri-County area of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted and all of southeastern MN, has 55 beds in two locations.  Men involved with the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Work Release and DFO Community Corrections referrals are all eligible along with those who have a criminal past.  We also accept those who are seeking a sober living environment.  Features include:

  • Apartment style living in two-bedroom units
  • Private Kitchens/Bathrooms/Showers
  • Weekly meetings and coaching sessions
  • Assistance in Job and Housing search
  • Near the bus line, just minutes from downtown Rochester
  • Game room/Lounge with Television and Pool Table
  • Washer/Dryer

For more information go to the CONTACT page and send us an email


Dorothy Day Hospitality House

Life happens. If you are in need of a warm bed, a warm meal and some warm personalities, we are here for you.  The Dorothy Day Hospitality House is a temporary homeless shelter conveniently located in downtown Rochester, Minnesota within walking distance to Mayo Clinic, buses and community resources. 

Location

703 1st St SW Rochester, MN 55902


Emerge

EMERGE provides a wide range of services related to employment, job training, financial services, and housing. Most participants live in the neighborhoods where our facilities are located, North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside. We partner with people who are facing significant obstacles as they redefine themselves. We aim to help our clients find a career pathway and financial stability.

EMERGE Community Development operates out of multiple locations across the Twin Cities. Visit our Locations Page for more information and addresses.

OUR MISSION

We partner with people as they redefine themselves and create economic opportunities in our communities.

OUR VISION

Creating a community where people have the freedom and mutual support to thrive

OUR VALUES

  • Equity–We embrace the diversity of those we serve and seek inclusiveness and fairness in all we do.
  • Responsiveness–We strive to be flexible and adaptive to the changing needs of the communities while remaining urgent in our actions.
  • Respect–Everyone is treated with professionalism and profound regard for their individualism.
  • Integrity–We embrace honesty at every level of our organization.

Location

505 15th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55454


Hope Housing Services

If you or your family are without a stable place to stay or at risk of becoming homeless, our goal is to connect you to the right resources for your specific needs.

Hope Housing Services can work with you to develop a housing plan and determine which housing options are available to fit your needs. If you are eligible, we may also be able to provide rental assistance, eviction prevention and other housing resources.

Location

716 E. Street NE Brainerd, MN 56401


National Homeless Shelter Directory

ABOUT HOMELESS SHELTERS DIRECTORY

Call the Provider Number listed on the all listing pages for help. Do not email the Homeless Shelter Directory for help. We are a website only. The Homeless Shelter Directory was started as a list of homeless shelters. We now provide listings for the following:

  • Homeless Shelters
  • Homeless Service Organizations
  • Monetary Assistance
  • Transitional Housing
  • Free Clinics (Dental and Medical)
  • Low Cost and Free Treatment Centers
  • Outreach Centers
  • Day Shelters
  • Relief Organizations that can help the needy
  • Women’s Shelters and Battered Women’s Services
  • Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Food Banks

Northstar Regional

NorthStar Regional provides a full continuum of care for mental health and substance use disorders. 

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

NorthStar Regional provides individual, marriage, and family counseling services for clients of all ages. We also offer several group programs for those who need more intensive treatment.
To schedule an appointment, call (952) 974-3999. Learn More

SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT

NorthStar Regional treats co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders at the same time, in the same place, with the same highly qualified and highly trained staff. Medical, psychiatric, psychological, and social components of treatment are blended to achieve the highest level of success.
To make a referral, call (952) 448-6557. Learn More

RULE 25 ASSESSMENTS

An assessment is the first step in helping our clients get the proper level of care. We provide both Rule 25/chemical use assessments and mental health assessments.
To schedule an assessment, call (952) 448-6557. Learn More

HOUSING

Finding safe housing is often an important part of substance use treatment. NorthStar Regional offers housing through our residential programs, intensive outpatient programs with lodging, and sober homes—a total of 183 beds across the system. Learn More

Location

1045 Stoughton Avenue Chaska, MN 55318


St. Stephen’s Homeless Services

Our mission at St. Stephen’s Human Services is Ending Homelessness.

Our goal is to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in achieving permanent, affordable housing. We progress toward this goal through street outreach, shelter, and housing programs. We meet people where they are and work together toward self-sufficiency and housing stability.

We envision a community in which housing instability is rare, brief and non-recurring, ending homelessness as we know it.

If you are seeking assistance, please first visit our Get Help page to find resources, recommendations, and information about accessing shelter, housing programs, or affordable housing.

Our main office is located right on several MetroTransit bus lines, including the 11, 17, and 18. Click here to plan your trip to St. Stephen’s using public transit.

Location

2309 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404


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