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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] or call us at 612-338-5577.

Severe cold warming options

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

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


Oasis for Youth (ages 16-24 only)

Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn United Methodist Church


Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

  • 3045 Chicago Avenue
  • Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 10° or colder. Enter through the door on Chicago Avenue under the awning.
  • Metro Transit bus routes 5, 21, 53, 39.

Salvation Army – Harbor Light Center

  • 1010 Currie Avenue
  • Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Open at 32° or colder
  • Bus routes 9, 20

Catholic Charities – Adult Opportunity Center

Peace House Community

House of Charity – Food Centre

  • 714 Park Avenue South
  • Open weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. when windchill is at 0 degrees or lower
  • Public meals from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday no matter the temperature
  • Bus routes 5, 14, 19, 94 (Express), C line
  • Light rail: Blue Line and Green Line – U.S. Bank Stadium Station (0.2 mile walk)

Hennepin County Government Center

  • 300 – 6th Street South (public areas on levels A, 1 and skyway)
  • Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon–6 p.m.
  • Green and blue light rail lines and Metro Transit bus routes 3, 7, 5, 14, 19, 22, 535, 724

Hennepin County Libraries

Additional Resources

Find Summer Meals: Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Free Meal Map for Children and Youth under 18 

Homeless Shelter Directory

Homeless Students and Education: Resources and Advocacy for K-12 and College Students Experiencing Homelessness

Talking to Your Kids About Losing Your Home: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Severe Cold Warming Options | Hennepin County

6 Charitable Resources to Use When You Can’t Cover the Basics

Pets of the Homeless

Pet Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness

People and Pets Together

Senior Care and Assisted Living Resources

Paying for Senior Care

Guide To College for Students Experiencing Homelessness