​More Than Shelter

Prior Crossing Provides A Foundation for a Better Life

Prior Crossing is a permanent supportive housing site for homeless youth. Wilder provides supportive services for residents of Prior Crossing. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative developed and owns the property, located at the corner of University and Prior avenues in Saint Paul’s Midway neighborhood.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Zenefski/By Rebecca Studios 

About the Building

Prior Crossing has 44 studio apartments for homeless youth age 17-22, making it the largest permanent supportive housing site for homeless youth in the East Metro. Located within blocks of the Green Line’s Fairview station, the housing is conveniently accessible to both downtown areas and plenty of job and educational opportunities.
Housing stability is particularly important for youth, who are the least visible and most vulnerable among those experiencing homelessness. There is no limit to how long a resident at Prior Crossing can stay. Youth can live there as long as they need to stabilize their lives.

Our Services

Youth who live at Prior Crossing have much more than a roof over their head. Two Wilder case managers and a Wilder employment specialist provide help and guidance as Prior Crossing residents establish and pursue goals. 
Among the resources:
  • Wilder has partnerships with several schools and employment-focused organizations.
  • Youth have access to a subsidized internship program, where they work with local employers and are paid by Wilder. This best practice helps youth develop job skills in supportive work environments. The internship program is made possible through Youthprise and the Social Innovation Fund (SIF).

How to Access Housing at Prior Crossing

Access to housing at Prior Crossing is available only through the Ramsey County Coordinated Entry for Youth and Singles (CEYS) system. Visit the CEYS website for information about accessing housing in Ramsey County. From the CEYS website:
If you are between the ages of 16-24 and currently homeless but not staying in a shelter, you can go to SafeZone during the following times to be assessed:
130 E 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
Streetworks Outreach Worker will be at Rondo Library (461 Dale Street North)
Tuesday 11:00am-1:00pm

Partners Create Possibilities

Prior Crossing is a partnership among community organizations committed to supporting homeless youth: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Beacon with the House of Hope Presbyterian Church, and CommonBond Communities. Each partner brings specific expertise to help youth find safety, support and stabilize their lives.

About the Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) was a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that received funding from 2010 to 2016. Using public and private resources to find and grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of results, SIF intermediaries received funding to award subgrants that focus on overcoming challenges in economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. Although CNCS made its last SIF intermediary awards in fiscal year 2016, SIF intermediaries will continue to administer their subgrant programs until their federal funding is exhausted. 


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 Read more about Prior Crossing in "Welcome Home," featured in the 2016 annual report.



Prior Crossing​
1949 University Ave W.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651-917-0074