According to the 2015 Wilder Foundation Homelessness Survey, there are 1,618 people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County on any given night.  This is far too many people but the good news is that we are starting to see a decline in the number of people experiencing homelessness, 16% since 2009.  While there are many reasons for this decline, one solution to ending homelessness stands out above the others – supportive housing or housing with services designed to address the causes and the trauma associated with homelessness.

House of Charity’s Housing Programs provide various lengths of stay and levels of service to single adults who are working to attain suitable long-term housing. With staff support, clients tackle the barriers that keep them from maintaining housing stability.

Individuals wishing to enter House of Charity’s Housing must be referred by a case manager, outreach worker, or other professional. Priority is given to individuals who have chronic psychological or physical health issues, difficulty meeting basic needs, or are vulnerable to exploitation.

Most of our referrals come from Hennepin Health and St. Stephen’s Street Outreach. We also take referrals from the County Veterans Services Officer, emergency shelters, and county social workers.

Transitional Housing

Transitional Housing

There are two types of Transitional Housing at our 510 South 8th Street Residence:

Group Residential Housing (GRH): County-funded beds for men and women who have experienced homelessness.

Veterans Administration Beds: For homeless veterans who are referred through the V.A.

Once they move into our residential building, clients have the opportunity to meet regularly with a case manager to identify their needs, set goals, and connect with resources. Client goals typically include education, job training, family reunification, and long-term housing.

All of our residents have access to free laundry facilities and three meals a day. About one-third of our residents also participate in our Day by Day Chemical and Mental Health Treatment Program.

260 unique individuals were housed in 2016.

For Intake, please fill out the following forms: Third Party Verification Form +  Combined Application Form DHS 5223 ENG, Pre-Screen-Referral Form-Vulnerability Assessment – GRH 2015 + MN-DHS-GRH-Statement of Need Form 2015 + Long-Term Homeless Eligibility Form

Contact our Housing Coordinator at 612-594-2002 or by email to intake@houseofcharity.org.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing

House of Charity is proud to partner with Hennepin County to combat homelessness through participation in the Housing First Program.

Many of our clients move from the residential building to their own apartments through the program. Weekly visits from our case managers, or housing advocates, promote client stability. The advocates assist clients in maintaining their housing and accomplishing other goals including education, job training, volunteering, and family reunification.

Other clients may move to sober houses, long-term care facilities, private apartments, or other housing depending on their life situation.

141 clients were housed in the program at the end of 2016.

For intake and for additional information about our Permanent Supportive Housing program, please contact our Housing Coordinator at 612-594-2027 and fill out the following  forms: Third Party Verification FormPre-Screen-Referral Form-Vulnerability Assessment – HF 2015, MN-DHS-GRH-Statement of Need Form 2015, and Long-Term Homeless Eligibility Form.


Here are some of our partners for referring clients into transitional housing programs at House of Charity: