Dangerous Temps Prompt Additional Shelter Options for Youth, Others

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 MINNEAPOLIS -- Hennepin County and our partners are working to ensure that as many residents as possible have warm shelter as temperatures plummet to record lows this week.

YouthLink, a resource center for homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-24, will open at 8 p.m. Saturday night and remain open around the clock through the end of this extreme cold snap, through 8 a.m. Wednesday. The center, located at 41 North 12th Street, Minneapolis, is in need of volunteers Monday and Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. Adults who are willing to help monitor the space can contact Mikkel Beckmen, director of the Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness.

Though the county and partner organizations have adequate shelter space for single adults and families, youth remain underserved, Beckmen said.

“When the weather gets this bad, it is an emergency, and we have to make sure youth have a warm place at night,” he said. Read more here.