The Link has thirteen housing programs. Three of the programs are culturally specific with one for African American youth, one for LGBTQ youth and one for young families.
These programs provide a continuum of support for youth and young families who are experiencing homelessness: homeless prevention, street outreach, drop-in center, emergency shelter and housing. These programs also include services such as early childhood programming and support for young parents, case management, support with education and employment, mental and physical health care support, independent living skills, youth leadership development and a variety of positive activities.
The drop-in resource center (C.O.R.E.) provides assistance with basic needs, case management and connections to a variety of resources including housing, healthcare and education. The street outreach program provides street and community based outreach to youth who are at-risk of or currently experiencing homelessness and/or sexual exploitation.
The Link’s Housing Programs are overseen by these youth advisory committees: Project Live Out Loud, Power of Youth Committee and The Peris Advisory Committe. Learn more about the Youth Leadership at The Link, here.
Cairn Housing provides permanent supportive housing across the suburban metro, including Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Scott and Carver counties. The program provides scattered site housing for youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are experiencing homelessness.
The Housing First Program offers 30 units of scattered-site supportive housing in Hennepin County for youth experiencing homelessness that also have a mental health and/or chemical dependency diagnosis or a physical disability.
Lindquist Apartments is a housing program with 24 efficiency apartments located in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. The program serves youth experiencing homelessness who are between the ages of 16 and 24 and is designed to help transition its residents out of homelessness into stable housing and a healthy adulthood..
Minor connect is a collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Hennepin County Human Services, child welfare and nonprofit agencies including The Link, YMCA, and The Youth Law Project.
Northside Homeless Prevention Program
The Northside Prevention Program helps young adults and families who are facing eviction. The program provides immediate financial assistance and supportive services to help young people avoid episodes of homelessness.
The Link’s Street Outreach Program provides street-based prevention and intervention services along with connections to emergency shelter, housing and longer term supportive services.