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At Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless our primary goal is to ensure that front line providers of crisis services have the tools, equipment, and infrastructure necessary to carry out their work. While we continuously support homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and food shelves throughout the state of Minnesota, we do not provide direct supportive services. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please visit one of the resources below. If you are unable to find what you need on this page, please contact us at [email protected].

help with housing

Apply for emergency aid with your county or tribal human services office, or apply online at

To find out which housing programs may be available to you, visit the Housing Benefits 101 website. At, you can:

  • Learn more about your housing options
  • Learn more about services and programs to help you in your home
  • Create a plan to reach your goals
  • Need information on how to keep your current housing? Visit the “Keeping Your Housing” page.

Shelter Access

Adults who are seeking shelter in Hennepin County should connect with Adult Shelter Connect. Currently, their office is operating by phone only: 612-248-2350. 

Families with children seeking shelter in Hennepin County should call 612-348-9410 to connect with a family shelter expert.  

Severe Cold Warming Options

When the temperature or wind-chill become dangerously low, these places listed on the map are open during specified hours. Everyone is welcome.

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