Housing and Support

We recognize that you are coming to us out of a ‘need’, not necessarily a ‘want’. We hold that recognition with respect, compassion, and solidarity. We promise to do our very best to share this part of your journey with you in ways that are supportive, but also rooted in our commitment towards a more just world . Thanks for taking this leap of faith with us. We look forward to getting to know you.
Avenues team

Shelter and Housing Availability

If you are a young person needing shelter and you are 18 or older, please contact the Hennepin Shelter Hotline at 612-204-8200. Hotline hours are: Monday thru Friday: 8 am to 10 pm, and Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 1 to 9 pm.

Avenues operates two shelter and transitional living programs that overall support youth ages 16-24 of all gender identities. Both houses are staffed 24/7 with supportive adults who are dedicated and focused on supporting you.

Minneapolis Avenues in North Minneapolis provides emergency shelter and housing in a welcoming environment for young adults ages 18-24 and is equipped with 20 program beds. Minneapolis Avenues does not accept young adults under the age of 18 or above the age of 24.

Brooklyn Avenues supports individual youth ages 16-21 of all gender identities with access to 11 beds. Brooklyn Avenues does not accept youth after their 21st birthday or younger than 16. Minneapolis Avenues and Brooklyn Avenues do not accept families, couples, or pets.

If you do not meet the age criteria or have a family, check our other programs below, or visit the Adult Shelter Connect.

  • If you're looking for a one-three night stay in an emergency bed, reserve a bed using the link above.
  • If you are looking to enter the program, our beds become available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Check YSNMN for our availability.

Other Resources

Emergency Bed

Need a place to stay tonight? Avenues has an emergency bed at each shelter where you can stay, have a hot meal and connect to resources. The emergency beds become available at 4:00 pm every day and are first call first served. Call us at 4:00 pm to reserve a bed.


Host Homes

Interested in living in a community host home? Avenues' ConneQT program centers LGBTQI+ youth and youth of color and work to secure community housing.

Young Families

Avenues' Young Families Program connect young families with housing and services. Families are supported through a referral process.


Youth Drop-In

Freeing Ourselves & Finding Community, a free drop-in program for LGBTQ+ teens and young adults.
From 3:30 – 6:30pm on Mondays, this program has groups for teens ages 13-17, and young adults ages 18-24. Participants will have a meal together, get free bus cards and have real conversations with our LGBTQ+ people in community. This program takes place at Family Tree Clinic, and is presented in partnership with Avenues for Youth. If you have questions or want to let us know you’re interested in participating, please email tchambers@familytreeclinic.org

If you are a young person, or know of a young person, in need of resources, we are here to help. The ConneQT Case Manager can bring supplies to you and can connect you with resources. Call or text at (612) 968-1672.

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