Drop-In Center & Basic Needs - Youthlink

Drop-In Center & Basic Needs At YouthLink, we know that homelessness isn’t a final destination.

Wherever you are in your journey, the staff at YouthLink’s Drop-In Center can help you take the next step. Our Drop-In Center is a safe, non-judgmental place for youth, 16-23 years old, from all backgrounds, races, and genders.

What can we help you do?

  • Meet your basic needs – hot meals, showers, hygiene supplies
  • Connect with GED support services
  • Get clean clothes in our clothing closet
  • Access washers and dryers for laundry
  • Connect with job search and employment assistance
  • Meet with Drop-In Center staff to help you figure out next steps
  • Assist you with getting a photo ID
  • Access computers, phones, and mail
  • Work with Hennepin County on eligibility support services
  • Find shelter or look into housing options
  • Access our onsite health clinic and health care support
  • Talk to someone about any mental health needs
  • Find support at our men’s, women’s, or LGBTQ OUT! group

Still have questions? Give our front desk staff a call at 612-252-1200 or email youthlink@youthlinkmn.org.

Our Drop-In Center is located at 41 N. 12th Street in downtown Minneapolis. Our hours are:

  • For youth 18-24
    • Monday, 9:00am – 2:00pm (Drop-in services)
    • Tuesday, 9:00am – 2:00pm (Drop-in services)
    • Thursday, 9:00am – 2:00pm (Drop-in services)
    • Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm (Drop-in services)
  • For youth 16-24
    • Monday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm (Additional engagement opportunities)
    • Tuesday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm (Additional engagement opportunities)
    • Thursday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm (Additional engagement opportunities)
    • Friday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm (Additional engagement opportunities)
  • AM Drop-in is closed on Wednesdays. However, individual services are available by appointment. Community dinner is from 4pm to 5:30pm.

We are closed Saturday and Sunday.


Our Drop-In Center is a safe space where youth can continue their journeys out of homelessness. We are one block away from stops on bus routes 4, 6, 9, 12, 141, and 698.

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