Emergency assistance

When families are in a financial crisis that poses a direct threat to the physical health or safety of a child younger than 18, the Hennepin County Emergency Assistance program can help by providing short-term aid.

Services include:

  • Housing costs such as rent payments, damage deposits, home repairs, utility bills
  • Foreclosure prevention, moving expenses,  transportation for homeless families
  • Additional food support for people who have specific dietary needs (special diets)
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Apply for emergency assistance

You must attend an application session and interview to receive benefits. If you are unable to come to a session at any of the scheduled times, call the Emergency Assistance Team at 612-596-1900.

Where

Century Plaza

330 South 12th Street

Minneapolis, MN

When

Application sessions are held daily on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at the following times:

  • 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

They are also held on Wednesday at the following times:

  • 4 and 5 p.m.

Where

Northwest Family Service Center

7051 Brooklyn Boulevard

Brooklyn Center, MN

When

Application sessions are available on a walk-in basis.

Homeless shelter resources

Hennepin County and community providers can help people experiencing homelessness.

Pregnant women and families with children 

Discuss shelter options with a shelter team representative. For more information, call the shelter team at 612-348-9410.

After business hours

After 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 211 to be referred to the after-hours shelter team.

Century Plaza

Go to this location M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

330 South 12th Street, first floor

Minneapolis, MN

Northwest Family Service Center

Go to this location between 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., M - F

7051 Brooklyn Boulevard

Brooklyn Center, MN

Domestic violence

If you are escaping a violent relationship and are in need of shelter, call Day One at 1-866-223-1111.

Day One is a central phone line that will connect you with all the available domestic violence shelters in the state, starting with the one nearest to you.

Homeless youth

Youth shelters may be available for people younger than 21. Youth shelters cannot accommodate families. Parenting teens should follow the instructions for families with children, above.

County shelters

  • For youth older than 18
  • Century Plaza location: from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., go to the third floor, 330 South 12th Street, Minneapolis
  • Northwest Family Service Center location: from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., go to 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center
  • After 5 p.m., and on weekends and holidays, call 211 to be referred to the after-hours shelter team.

The Bridge for Youth

  • Overnight stay only
  • For 10 - 17-year-olds who may be reunified with family
  • For 16 - 18-year-olds who are unable to be reunified with family
  • Call 612-377-8800

Avenues for Homeless Youth

  • For 16 - 20-year-olds
  • Call 612-522-1690

Hope Street Shelter

  • For 16 - 20-year-olds
  • Families are contacted if possible
  • Call 612-827-9372

Single adults

County shelters

  • Apply M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Century Plaza location: third floor, 330 South 12th Street, Minneapolis
  • Northwest Family Service Center location: to to 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center
  • After 5 p.m., and on weekends and holidays, call 211 to be referred to the after-hours shelter team.

Contracted shelters

  • Salvation Army Harbor Lights
  • Catholic Charities.

Private shelters

  • The Simpson Shelter, 2740 South First Avenue Minneapolis, holds a combined weekly lottery every Monday night.
  • For the lottery, you must arrive by 6:30 p.m. but not before 5:45 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.
  • All lottery participants must be sober on the night of the lottery
  • Locations include St. Stephen's, Our Saviour's, and Simpson Shelters
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