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Twin Cities Metro Youth Homelessness Services

It’s estimated that 6,000 youth experience homelessness on any given night in Minnesota. About half of these youth live in the Twin Cities area.

Youth in Minneapolis-St. Paul who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness can find non-judgmental support and assistance at LSS. We serve hundreds of youth every year in the Twin Cities metro area, and are committed to providing youth with the resources they need to launch into productive, healthy and independent lives.

COVID-19 Update

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is committed to the health and safety of the youth we serve, our employees and volunteers. Our leadership has developed a three-tiered COVID-19 response with specific activities based on recommendations from Minnesota Department of Health and CDC.

We are currently taking the following actions:
-Implementing no contact from outside visitors at sites
-Providing food/hygiene/housing supplies via a to-go or delivery approach
-Providing care packages in scattered site housing
-Isolating youth who show symptoms of COVID-19
-Temporarily closing our Rezek Drop-In Center
-Operating our Safe House Shelter on a 24-hour basis

If you are interested in making a donation or dropping off supplies, please visit our Facebook page for current needs. We are currently seeking physical donations through a “no contact” method to optimize safety. Thank you for your continued care and support of the youth in our programs.

Emergency Shelters, Drop-Ins & Services

Safe House Emergency Shelter for Youth
An emergency crisis shelter for youth ages 16-20.

Housing

LifeHaven Transitional Living
Housing and support for teen mothers and their children in a family-style home setting.

Transitional Living Project (TLP)
A supportive program for youth ages 16-21 ready to start living in their own apartment in the community.

Rezek House Transitional Living Program
A two-year transitional living program for homeless youth ages 16-21.

Street Outreach

Youth Outreach
Confidential, nonjudgmental support and assistance for youth who have run away from home or are without a stable place to stay.

StreetWorks
A collaborative of youth-serving nonprofits, including LSS, that have provided street-based outreach to youth experiencing homelessness in the Metro area since 1994. Streetworks also offers certification training for street outreach workers and other professionals across the state.

Anti-Trafficking

Cherish All Children
Cherish All Children is a ministry that equips congregations with educational tools and resources to prevent child sexual exploitation in their own communities.

Sex Trafficking Education
Helps promote awareness at schools and in the community to prevent youth from falling prey to human traffickers.