The Link has twelve housing programs which including one specialized for young families and one for youth that self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

These programs provide safe and stable housing and offer supportive services that are grounded in trauma informed care, housing first and positive youth development. The services include 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.

In addition to housing, The Link also has a drop-in resource center and street outreach program. 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, experiencing homelessness and/or sexual exploitation.

Lindquist Apartments

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.

Rapid Rehousing

The Rapid Rehousing Program (RRH) helps youth who are experiencing homelessness transition quickly from the streets and emergency shelters to stable housing.

Cairn Housing

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.


Suburban Rapid Rehousing

The  Suburban Rapid Rehousing Program (SRRH) helps youth who are experiencing homelessness transition quickly from the streets and emergency shelters to stable housing. SRRH is opening in late 2016, serving the 5 county suburban metro area.

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.

The Young Families Program

The Young Families Program is a scattered site housing program for young families within Hennepin County. This program provides housing, supportive services and early childhood programming to help young families transition out of homelessness.

C.O.R.E. Drop In Center

C.O.R.E. Drop In Center provides a place where youth who are at-risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness can get help with basic needs (food, clothes, shower, laundry, etc.) and connections to case management and longer term services such as housing.

Street Outreach

The Street Outreach Program is made up of adult and youth staff members that go into the community where youth who are at-risk of homelessness, who are currently homeless and/or experiencing sexual exploitation congregate. The program provides the essential first step of building trusting relationships with youth and providing crisis intervention, basic needs supplies and connections to longer term services including our C.O.R.E. Drop-In Center and housing programs.

Project Live Out Loud

Project Live Out Loud #SurvivingTheFight is a culturally specific Rapid Rehousing program for youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBTQ).

Northside 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.

Minor Connect

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.

Periscope Program

The Periscope Program provides housing and supportive services to young adults ages 18-24 who have experience within Hennepin County systems.


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If you are in need of immediate assistance please visit the Youth Service Network to find services & shelter.