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Supportive Housing Services

Supporting young adults and families from homelessness to housing and stability


Wilder helps young adults and families experiencing homelessness in our community achieve independence and stability with Supportive Housing Services using a housing first model.

Here's how Wilder's Supportive Housing Services work: Once approved and referred from the county to a Wilder Housing Program, our diverse and experienced housing specialists, case managers, and housing coordinators staff work closely with individuals and families to find safe and affordable housing in Minnesota's Twin Cities metro. By partnering with counties, agencies and landlords in our community, Wilder also supports participants in our programs achieve self-determined goals of employment, education, finance and health and access to other Wilder programs and services for children, adults and families using a person-centered approach.

Seeking emergency shelter or housing in Minnesota? Call 2-1-1 (United Way) right away!


If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or need emergency assistance to stay in your home in Minnesota, call 2-1-1 (United Way) or 651-291-0211 for eligibility and pre-screening.

Please note: Access to Wilder Supportive Housing Services is available only through the Ramsey County Coordinated Access to Housing and Shelter (CAHS) System. By calling 2-1-1, you will be connected to resources that are designed for your housing needs.

Housing Services that Support Young Adults & Families

Wilder’s Supportive Housing Services are designed to meet families and young adults wherever they are in their lives. We use a Housing First model to move families and youth into housing quickly, with the goal of creating stable housing in order to address the other destabilizing factors that led to homelessness in the first place. Our goals are to stabilize families and to increase their income so they can transition to housing they can afford in the long term.

Supportive housing services are available to Wilder's housing program participants and include:

Where We Provide Supportive Housing Services

Wilder provides supportive housing services to nearly 30 percent of eligible homeless families in Ramsey County, according to the 2015 Ramsey County Homeless Study. We provide both short- and long-term services to families and individuals in a variety of locations in Saint Paul and throughout the metro.

We provide services in:

  • Scattered site and site-based permanent supportive housing 
  • Scatter-site rapid re-housing
  • Housing program for families experiencing domestic violence
  • Site-based youth housing and housing for single adults
  • Direct assistance homelessness prevention support

Supportive Housing Works. A 2012 Wilder Research study found that supportive housing programs in Minnesota have a return on investment of $1.44 per dollar invested – and $1.32 per dollar for overall benefits to society.

Articles, Stories and Research on Homelessness & Housing Support

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It's My Home: Youth Make Opportunities to Thrive at Prior Crossing

Michaela Jones will never forget the first time she unlocked the door to her studio apartment at Prior Crossing. At age 21, she was rebuilding her life after experiencing homelessness. She was so excited that she asked a staff member at ...More about this story »

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