Site Visits at #HCH2018
Join us at #HCH2018 to tour four local agencies dedicated to providing shelter, support services, and other assistance to people experiencing homelessness. These site visits have limited capacity; sign-up will be available at a designated table near registration.
Wednesday, May 16 | 10-11:30 a.m.
People Serving People (PSP) is the largest family-focused shelter in Minnesota. Their downtown Minneapolis facility has 99 hotel-style emergency shelter housing units and 10 two-bedroom supportive housing units for children and families without homes. All units include a bathroom, beds, furniture, and a door families can lock behind them to feel safe. Three nutritious meals are served daily, and free diapers and other basic necessities are provided. Other services include health care, employment services (such as culinary arts training), early childhood development programs, weekly family activities, and a Technology Resource Center. Every day, PSP helps at-risk children without homes and their families manage crisis situations and build a strong foundation for their long-term success.
Wednesday, May 16 | 1:45-3:15 p.m.
Higher Ground opened in 2012 as a shelter and long-term housing facility. Run by Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the shelter can bed up to 251 adult men a night. The first-floor emergency homeless shelter is open 365 days-a-year near downtown Minneapolis and offers a warm place to sleep. The second-floor Pay-for-Stay shelter offers beds, lockers, and access to employment and housing resources. The money guests pay for shelter is held in trust to be used as rental deposits when they move into permanent housing. Connected to Higher Ground are the Glenwood Residence, a harm reduction housing facility for individuals coping with chronic inebriation, and the Evergreen Residence, a low-income housing facility.
Thursday, May 17 | 8:30-10 a.m.
The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center is Minnesota’s largest homeless adult outreach facility which offers shelter and housing to both genders. Located on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, Harbor Light can sleep up to 450 people on any given night in both overnight and 24-hour shelter beds. Shelter clients enjoy access to basic amenities along with writing classes, a computer lab, chiropractic/acupuncture care, a Health Care for the Homeless clinic, church services, and Narcotic Anonymous meetings. Harbor Light also houses a medical respite program.
Thursday, May 17 | 1-2:30 p.m.
YouthLink serves youth without homes ages 16-23 by connecting them with a community of resources and support. As part of the Youth Shelter Network, their Minneapolis drop-in center provides youth without homes with access to hot showers, meals, assistance with employment or educational goals, accessing mental and physical health resources, and finding supportive housing. Focused on meeting youth where they are, YouthLink has a bilingual staff which creates an inclusive environment regardless of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and immigration status.