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View Our 2017/2018 Annual Report

Posted on March 23rd, 2019

We are pleased to share with your our 2017/2018 annual report.   With the support of the community, donors and volunteers, we:

  • Provided 682 men and 429 women with shelter beds.
  • Moved 1,454 people into safe, stable housing.
  • Supported 289 families, including 649 children, in our family housing program.

Thank you for being a part of  our efforts to help end homelessness in our community.  You can read our full annual report and financial summary, here.

Mamas’ Day of Healing

Posted on March 6th, 2019

The inaugural Mamas’ Day of Healing, an all-day retreat for parents in Simpson’s family supportive housing program took place on February 28, 2019. Fourteen moms, one father, and twenty children ages three months to eight years, gathered at the Wilder Foundation for relaxation, education, and fun. It was a day for parents to focus on themselves. 

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The Navigation Center: Collaboration. Safe Housing. New Beginnings.

Posted on February 21st, 2019

The Navigation Center, a Native-led, collaborative community response, opened in December 2018. Designed as a low-barrier and service-rich temporary shelter for adults, the Navigation Center provides a safe and dignified transitional housing option for more than 120 community members who previously lived outdoors at the encampment, respectfully known as the Wall of Forgotten Natives. Early in the planning process, Simpson Housing Services was selected by the collaborative planning team to provide shelter operational support for the Navigation Center.
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Simpson Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Luanne

Posted on January 24th, 2019

Luanne started volunteering at Simpson’s shelter four months ago when she saw a post on Simpson’s Facebook page requesting meal serving volunteers. She enjoyed her first volunteering experience and made the commitment to helping as a shelter support volunteer on a regular basis. One evening per month, Lu helps with daily activities that keep the shelter running smoothly for guests.

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Give the gift of home this season and your gift will be matched!

Posted on December 26th, 2018

Click here to make a gift to Simpson Housing Services today.

New or increased gifts (10% or more) will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $45,000.

We’re excited to have special partners again this year in our work to end homelessness. Thank you to our fundraising challenge partners:  The Frey Foundation and Rodney D. Bacon

Together, we can end homelessness.

Homeless Memorial Service Reading: “We Carry Their Names”

Posted on December 20th, 2018

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At the 34th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service, the community gathered to remember 100 homeless friends, 89 formerly homeless folks, and 16 advocates who passed away in 2018. The service include the inaugural reading of “We Carry Their Names” by committee member, Carina Aleckson.

Mail Carrier/Musician Delivers Goodwill to Simpson

Posted on December 19th, 2018


Tanner Peck has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for the last four years. In his utility role, he delivers mail on five different routes in Minneapolis. “I’m a regular, but my five routes vary. I deliver on a route by 1st Avenue near Simpson shelter and by a lower income area near I-35.

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Nicolle’s Story: A U.S. Veteran’s Journey of Survival, Independence, and Hope

Posted on December 18th, 2018

Nicolle and her daughter, Amaya, relocated to Minnesota from South Carolina to be closer to extended family and further her education at a well-known culinary school. 

When their housing with an extended family member fell through, Nicolle and her daughter experienced homelessness for four months, living in a hotel and out of their car during the summer and fall months.

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Buffy’s Story

Posted on December 9th, 2018

We slept at a bus stop that night.

I remember the culmination of events that led to the lowest point of my life. I had my five young children with me, and we had nowhere to go. We were on the street after two years of staying with my family and living in and out of motel rooms with my youngest son’s dad.

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Simpson Housing Services Receives $2.5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

Posted on November 20th, 2018

Simpson Housing Services has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant award from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund to expand our Family Housing Program, including Children and Youth Services programs, over the next four years. Simpson was one of 24 nonprofits across the country and the only one in Minnesota to be awarded this grant. Simpson is honored to receive this generous gift and extraordinary opportunity to serve more families experiencing homelessness.   Click here to read the press release.