Homelessness Resources

Students' Rights When Evicted, Doubled Up, or Homeless

Your child has the right to stay in school if your family is evicted, doubled up, or homeless. Student Rights 

Youth Services Network

The Youth Services Network provides information about shelter and services for youth experiencing homelessness. Learn more here

Agate Housing + Services Handbook of the Streets

Handbook of the Streets is published by Agate Housing + Services. It is a resource guide for people who are homeless and for those living in extreme poverty. The handbook provides information about the following community resources.

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Public Assistance
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Services for Immigrants
  • Legal Services
View the Minneapolis Handbook of the Streets
View the Saint Paul Handbook of the Streets 

Hennepin Waypoint

This resource was created for those experiencing homelessness, those facing extreme financial hardships, and as a reference tool for those agencies that provide services to their clients. The layout is organized into a simple structure with nine main categories of services:
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Public Restrooms
  • Crisis Lines/Outreach
  • Medical/Health Assistance
  • Employment/Job Training
  • Legal Assistance
  • Activities/Events
View Hennepin Waypoint Resources

PATH - Homeless Outreach

When you’re homeless, getting support can often be a challenge. We’re here to make it easier. Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Services connects you with housing services and other resources you need to find safety and stability in everyday living. Learn more


This resource database contains information on the community services individuals and communities need to sustain and improve their daily lives--health care and childcare, job training, education and recreation, retirement, disability and social service information. Learn more

Resources in Dakota County

Matrix Resource Center
This program provides support to those who are experiencing homelessness and need access to computers, phones, printers, social workers, addiction support, veteran services, pet care, laundry, showers, haircuts, and much more. This program is also a support to the overnight emergency shelter so that guests have somewhere to go during the day. The hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 5:00PM. It is located in Grace Lutheran Church7800 W County Road 42Apple Valley.

Dakota County Crisis Line - (651) 554-5751 
This is the main number to call for people experiencing homelessness and housing crisis in Dakota County. Staff refer to a variety of services including homeless prevention, shelter, and intervention resources.

Dakota Woodlands
Shelter for families and adult women.  Access through the Housing Crisis Line (651) 554-5751. There is currently a waitlist.

Homeless Street Outreach - Ally Outreach Services (612) 875-9683. 
Ally’s Outreach team should be contacted when someone is experiencing homelessness and is unsheltered (outside, vehicles, transit station, etc.).  Ally is contracted by Dakota County to provide homeless outreach services.  They provide a variety of services to people who are unsheltered such as survival gear, housing counseling, connection to financial benefits, mental health support, etc. 

The Link - Youth households - 24 years and under
Youth experiencing homelessness can be connected to The Link by calling the Housing Crisis Line (651) 554-5751 and selecting the youth option. Youth can also stop by without appointment at the C.O.R.E. drop in center Mon – Thu 12- 5 pm and Friday 11 am - 2 pm at Grace Lutheran Church7800 W County Road 42Apple Valley. 

The Link also provides outreach and information regarding if an Outreach Worker is working in a particular area on a particular day on on the YSNMN app (Youth Services Network MN – an application that serves as a resource to connect youth directly to beds, outreach workers, and other services.)