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 to partner with Hennepin County to provide this essential service.

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

Other resources


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