Emergency Family Shelter

P1020828St. Anne’s Place provides emergency shelter to 16 women-led families who are homeless. Families may have been living with relatives or friends, in a car, outside, or in an unsafe home.

St. Anne’s Place is the first emergency family shelter in Minnesota to adopt the research-based CARE (Child Adult Relationship Enhancement) model, developed to help families overcome the trauma of homelessness.

St. Anne’s Place has 16 private family bedrooms in a secure building.  Meals are provided in a communal dining room and there are shared bathrooms, laundry facilities, computer room, children’s enrichment room and health and wellness room.


Support includes:

  • A trauma-informed environment designed to strengthen family relationships and reduce the effects of poverty and homelessness on children’s development.
  • Parenting support.
  • Life-skills support, including addressing economic, legal, social and educational barriers to stable housing.
  • Access to community partners for chemical and mental health support.
  • School and preschool enrollment.
  • Tutoring and one-on-one reading and playtime with volunteers.
  • A variety of family and youth activities.

Staff is available 24 hours a day to support families who have been homeless to achieve housing and regain emotional, psychological and social well-being.

  • Women living at St. Anne’s Place are at least 18 years old (2/3 of women are under the age of 30).
  • Children are newborn – 17 years old (over 80 percent are 10 years old or younger).
  • Families are referred by the Hennepin Country Shelter Team.
  • The average stay is 6-8 weeks.