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Social Services / Homeless Resources

Social services referrals are available for Augsburg students at Augsburg’s Center for Wellness & Counseling through the Community Resources Coordinator (an Augsburg MSW student intern). Call the CWC front desk (612-330-1707) for an appointment.


Hennepin County Social Services Front Door Access — 612-348-4111  (8am-4pm, weekdays)  Call for any questions about social services in Hennepin County.  Information and referral; assessment for services.   Includes access to special programs for people with long-term mental health challenges, such as the ARMHS program (Adult rehabilitative mental health services), or the ACT program (Assertive Community Treatment).

United Way 211 Hotline  (from cellphone call 651-291-0211)  Resource and referral line with information about food, shelter, rent, electricity, employment, transportation, health services, clothing, shoes, and more.  Free, confidential, 24/7.  Multilingual assistance for over 100 languages.

ApplyMN     Minnesotans can fill out a single application online for a majority of public assistance programs.  ApplyMN is a simple, secure web application that connects you with state and county services to help meet your basic needs.  You can use ApplyMN for:  cash assistance, child care assistance, emergency help, and supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits.  You can also use ApplyMN to apply for some types of health care coverage including payment of family planning services.

Social Work Services at the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center.  Social work case management available from MSW students   651-962-4820

Emergency Assistance (Hennepin County) Resources available when families are in a financial crisis that poses a direct threat to the physical health or safety of a child younger than 18.



Homeless Shelter Resources

Streetworks Outreach Collaborative   Services for homeless (or at risk of being homeless) youth (most services through age 21, some services through age 23).  Call 612-354-3345 to have a streetworks outreach worker come out to meet you; they can help with transitional housing, emergency rent to prevent homelessness, permanent housing, meals/clothing, health care, bikes, and more.

Youthlink   Resources for youth ages 16-21.  YouthLink is the host site for the Youth Opportunity Center – a collaboration of agencies providing services to young people in one location. Having a wide variety of service providers in one location helps break down the barriers young people may face in accessing these services and provides them with a wider range of opportunities and resources. Includes housing resources, health and wellness resources, and crisis/basic needs/drop-in services.  Youthlink Homeless Resources.

Avenues for Homeless Youth   Programs include:  Shelter and Transitional Housing with Supportive Services; GLBT Host Home Program; Minneapolis Host Home Program; Suburban Host Home Program.

Avenues for Homeless Youth’s GLBT Host Home Program  offers a transformative and intimate approach to providing homeless GLBT youth with safe homes and support.  All youth served by this program are homeless and queer-identified.

Nancy Page Crisis Residence    Crisis Mental Health Housing; referrals made from the Hennepin County COPE Team (Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies) 612-596-1223 (for people in mental health crisis only)



Campus Cupboard for Augsburg Students (food shelf)

YouthLink  Resources for youth ages 16-21.

Joseph’s Coat  (1107 West 7th Street, St. Paul)  Free store provides clothing, household items, personal hygiene products, and children’s items.  Open for shopping on Mon/Wed 9am-noon and 1-4:30pm.

Minnesota Family Planning Program    Covers family planning office visits, various birth control methods, and diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases found during a family planning visit.  Income limit.

Fare for All — Food Buying Co-op (food 40% off)