Housing First

The Housing First Program offers 48 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.

Pathways & The Link- working together to provide housing opportunities.

In 2016 The Link and the partners at Pathways began working together on providing dedicated Single Family Homes for the Housing First program in Hennepin County. Collaborating on 2 homes in 2016 and adding a 3rd home in 2017, the group now offers 3 renovated homes fully dedicated to providing housing to those who qualify for this support.

The Marshall House (Crystal, MN)
The Reed House (Brooklyn Center, MN)
The Irving House (Minneapolis, MN)

In addition to housing, The Link also provides trauma informed and strength based supportive services for youth that include but are not limited to case management, life skills education, assistance with education and employment, connections to mental health and chemical dependency treatment, connections to health care services, support groups, positive youth development activities and leadership development opportunities.

Access Coordinated Entry

Housing First serves homeless, singles who have a mental health and/or chemical dependency diagnosis or a physical dissability  ages 18-24 and their children.

Participants must:

  • Qualify as long-term homeless:Long Term Homeless Definition
  • Have long term disability that significantly impairs employment
  • Be eligible for General Assistance
  • Be between the ages of 18-22 at the time of application

For Coordinated Entry information visit http://www.hennepinca.com/get-help/


For more information regarding Housing First, please contact Jake Skottmyhre, Program Manager: