Housing Services & Support

Ramsey County works with a variety of local agencies to provide resources for people who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of becoming homeless or need emergency assistance to stay in their homes. 

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Homeless assistance

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For families

Shelter space is reserved for Ramsey County families with minor children. To determine eligibility, call the United Way at 651-291-0211.

For those experiencing domestic violence, Day One Services may be able to help find a safe place for families while fleeing abuse. Call Day One Services at 1-866-223-1111.

Families who are sleeping in a place not meant for human habilitation (streets, car, camping, public transit, etc.) or staying at a domestic violence shelter and are looking for supportive housing can call 651-215-2262.

Space for Ramsey County homeless family emergency shelter is limited and beds are not immediately available. Completing an intake with Ramsey County shelter staff is the only way to be placed on the shelter waitlist. 

For youth

Anyone age 24 or younger can connect with a variety of resources by visiting the Youth Services Network website or by downloading the YSN mobile app for free. Youth who need emergency help with food, clothing or finding a place to stay can call Safe Zone at 651-224-9644 or visit the SafeZone Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth, 130 East 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Youth ages 12-24 who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless may also contact the Youth Resource Line through the YMCA 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week at 763-493-3052. YMCA staff will assist in problem-solving information on community resources and referrals; resources include food shelves, housing, employment, legal services, education, and health care. 

For singles

Single adults who are 25 years or older and seeking immediate shelter can call Catholic Charities - Higher Ground (formerly the Dorothy Day Center) at 651-647-2350 or Union Gospel Mission at 651-292-1721.

Single adults who are 25 years or older, currently experiencing homelessness and staying in a shelter, will need to complete a housing assessment to determine long-term housing options. Contact a housing assessor at 651-647-2350.

Coordinated Entry housing assessment for people not in shelter

Single adults who are 25 years or older, currently experiencing homelessness and not staying in shelter, will need to complete a housing assessment to determine long-term housing options. Single adults not staying in shelter can contact Caroline with Minnesota Community Care to be screened for a housing assessment by phone at 651-793-2219 or at her walk-in hours listed below. For questions, email homeless@mncare.org.

Caroline's current walk-in hours are:

• Mondays, 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Dayton's Bluff Library - Computer lab, 645 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Mary Hall - Minnesota Community Care Downtown, 438 Dorothy Day Place - 2nd floor, St. Paul, MN 55102

• Thursdays, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at George Latimer Central Library - 2nd Floor, 90 W 4th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

For veterans

Any veteran in need of housing assistance or resources can contact Ramsey County's Veterans Services at 651-266-2545.

Veterans are also invited to visit the county Veterans Assistance office at 90 Plato Blvd. W, Saint Paul, MN 55107.

Find more information about available services on the Veterans Assistance web page.

Homeless veterans and their families can also call 1-888-546-5838 (LinkVet) and join the Homeless Veteran Registry for additional housing resources.

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