What We Do

Our current programs serve Hennepin County and include early intervention, street outreach, shelter, and housing. If you are looking to access services, please visit our Get Help page.


Our Programs
Our Programs
Our Programs

Early Intervention:

Traditional Homelessness Prevention provides financial counseling, short-term financial assistance, and short-term case management services to those at imminent risk of losing their housing.

Targeted Homeless Prevention provides a range of intensive case management services to unstably-housed families.

Another Prevention Assistance Program benefits families meeting the primary known predictor of future shelter stays: recent histories of homelessness.

Fast Track is a condensed form of Rapid ReHousing for households with higher income.

Outreach and Shelter:

Street Outreach works throughout Hennepin County (with a primary focus on Minneapolis) to interact with people living in places not meant for human habitation. They help people navigate the various crises that occur while lacking stable housing and meet people where they are at to address immediate basic needs for safety and survival outside while assisting them in their process towards permanent housing.

Clinton Avenue Shelter is a year-round emergency shelter for up to 44 adults experiencing homelessness who identify as male. 

First Covenant Shelter is a year-round emergency shelter for up to 50 adults per night, including people of all gender identities and pairs of guests.


St. Stephen's offers a range of housing programs that meet households' specific needs:

  • Five Rapid ReHousing programs provide services to help families and individuals move quickly from shelter to permanent housing.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing provides long-term, scattered site housing and long-term supportive services for individuals and families.

Community Resources

Birth Certificates

Holiday Drop-ins on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Handbooks of the Streets

Representative Payee Services



Last year (July 2019 - June 2020) St. Stephen's served more than 4,676 total individuals, making up more than 3,152 households:

  • 1,020 known individuals had 4,647 engagements with our Street Outreach Workers

  • 1,132 individuals of all gender identities were provided emergency shelter for at least one night

  • 771 households (including 432 families and 339 single adults) participated in our housing programs

  • 228 households (including 166 families and 62 single adults) received early intervention services



  • 118 people visited our Welcome Center on an average weekday pre-pandemic. After mid-March 2020, an average of 67 people visited per day

  • 24,306 Handbooks of the Streets were distributed

  • 676 households were assisted with obtaining birth certificates from 41 states, territories, and provinces

  • 683 Next Step assessments were completed with Hennepin County families

  • Street Outreach staff had 1,638 engagements with unknown individuals

  • 502 individuals accessed Representative Payee services

  • 358 individuals participated in 26 "A Day in the Life" experiences


Click here for a deeper dive into our Fiscal Year 2020 Impact


Want to learn more? Read more about our work and approach on the "About Us" tab.


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