Shelter is meant as a temporary, safe place to stay while you are figuring out your next step.
There are several youth shelters available throughout Hennepin County. Each have their own eligibility and intake process. For information, visit the Youth Services Network.
Adults without children
There’s now a single point of entry for assessment and placement at a shelter. Visit Adult Shelter Connect
Families living in Hennepin County may be able to access emergency shelter — a temporary, safe place to stay while figuring out next steps towards stable housing.
Connect to a family shelter expert
- Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Weekends and holidays: 1 – 11 p.m.
- After hours: Call 211 (mobile: 651-291-0211) and ask for the after-hours shelter team
Families can expect to:
- Work with a family shelter expert to identify a shelter
- Be asked to help pay for their shelter stay
Once in shelter:
- Families will be referred to Coordinated Entry for possible affordable housing
- Staff will work with families to identify other services needed such as food or health care
Hennepin County doesn't operate shelters, but works with shelter providers to connect families to this critical short-term support to stay safe.
We know shelter is just the first step. Once safely in shelter, families will work with the county and other service providers to help find stable housing and other resources to support their well-being.
More about contracted Hennepin County shelter providers
If you’re fleeing domestic violence
Call Day One at 1-866-223-1111
Day One connects you to the closest available domestic violence shelter near you, and all available domestic violence shelters in the state.