Severe cold warming options

When the temperature or wind-chill become dangerously low, these places are open during specified hours. Everyone is welcome.

Before going to any warming site

  • Call ahead of time, if possible, to assure they are open.
  • All warming sites offer space to escape the cold, but only some sites offer services like food and case management.
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, safety protocols like social distancing will be expected.

Could your organization, church, or building provide warming space?

Contact us at endhomelessness@hennepin.us to partner with Hennepin County to provide this essential service.

If you are in physical danger of freezing, contact 911.

Other resources

Minneapolis

Catholic Charities – Adult Opportunity Center

  • 740 – 17th Street East
  • Open Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Daytime resources connecting people with medical and mental health care, breakfast and lunch, showers, internet access, laundry and employment counseling
  • Metro Transit bus routes 2, 5, 9, 14 

Hennepin County Government Center

  • 300 – 6th Street South
  • Space to sit and warm-up, but no services on site
  • Must socially distance and wear mask
  • Metro Transit bus routes 5, 14, 19, 22, 94, C Line
  • Light rail: Blue Line and Green Line – Government Plaza Station

House of Charity – Food Centre

  • 714 Park Avenue South
  • Open weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. when windchill is at 0 degrees or lower
  • Public meals from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday no matter the temperature
  • Bus routes 5, 14, 19, 94 (Express), C line
  • Light rail: Blue Line and Green Line – U.S. Bank Stadium Station (0.2 mile walk)

Minneapolis Central Library – Resource Center

  • 300 Nicollet Mall, located in former coffee shop space. Additional space and computer access are available for short visits within the Minneapolis Central Library.
  • Open Mondays and Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Providing indoor heated space, WiFi and phone charging for a very limited number of people. One on one help from Hennepin County Human Services staff to sign up for county benefits and get connected with housing and crisis resources.
  • Bus routes 5, 9, 18, 22, 25, 61, 94, 755, Metro C Line
  • Light rail: Blue Line and Green Line – Nicollet Mall station .3 mile

The Bridge for Youth (ages 10-17 only)

  • 1111 – 22nd Street West, Minneapolis 55405
  • Open when temperatures drop below -15 degrees
  • Warm up, grab a warm coat, mittens and scarf, have a cup of hot cocoa/coffee, and charge your phone
  • Overnight accommodations could be provided if appropriate
  • Bus routes 2, 6, 12, 17, 114, 115

Youthlink (ages 16-24 only)

  • 41 – 12th Street North, Minneapolis 55403
  • Open Monday–Friday, 24 hours a day, Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 9am
  • Extended overnight drop-in and immediate need support available
  • Metro Transit bus routes 4, 6, 9, 12 

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