Overnight Shelter

The shelter is a free overnight shelter for 44 men and 22 women.  Our goal is to meet the immediate need in the community for emergency shelter, create a welcoming community based around dignity, respect, and fairness, and end homelessness by offering what help we can to assist individuals in finding housing.

Location and Hours

2740 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Open 365 days a year, 5 pm – 9 am

Getting a Bed at the Shelter

Women must attend the women’s shelter lottery on Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm to receive a bed for 28 nights. Women enter through the 1st Ave door.

  • Guests must arrive by 3:00 pm.
  • Beds will be given out for 28 days (4 weeks).
  • If you cannot attend the lottery, you can call 612.871.1138 by 3:30 pm to have your name entered as a call-in. You must then call back after the lottery to see if you have received a bed.

There are also a small number of beds available on a nightly basis. To reserve a nightly bed, please call 612.871.1138 at 5 pm and/or 9 pm.

Men must attend the men’s shelter lottery on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm. This is a combined lottery for beds at Simpson Shelter, St. Stephen’s Shelter, and Our Saviour’s Shelter.
  • Doors open at 5 pm, guests must arrive by 5:30 pm.
  • Guests should not arrive before 4:45 pm.
  • Guests must be completely sober at lottery and will be breathalyzed. You do not need an I.D.
  • Beds will be given out for 28 days (4 weeks).

Services

Guests staying at Simpson Shelter are paired with a staff member who can provide support and housing resources.  In addition to our focus on housing, the shelter offers the following services:

  • Free clinic on Monday and Thursday evenings provided by Hennepin County Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Lockers
  • Laundry
  • Bedding
  • Showers
  • Mail
  • Breakfast and dinner on site, lunch to go
  • Personal care supplies
  • Referrals to government and nonprofit service providers
  • Savings program: The Simpson Savings Program secures a longer-term bed if a shelter guest saves part of their income (minimum $400 a month) for housing.