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St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministry

Open for Minneapolis residents: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30-11:30am in the lower level of The Basilica (first come, first served).

Services provided at this time are:

  • Prayer/listening
  • Bus cards for verifiable new jobs
  • ID vouchers for state ID, driver’s license, and birth certificates from any state
  • Laundry vouchers
  • Gas cards for licensed drivers
  • Hygiene items

Guests should bring photo ID (does not have to be government issued) and a current piece of mail.  Those staying in a shelter should bring a shelter verification form.

The Basilica provides an emergency rent assistance program with Align Minneapolis.

Applications are completed 9:30 - 11:30am on MONDAYS ONLY in the lower level of The Basilica.

No applications started after 11:00am (first come, first served).

To apply you must:

  1. Live in the city limits of Minneapolis
  2. Not owe back rent more than three months or over $3,000 (both criteria must be met)
  3. Not need the help for 1st month rent and/or deposit
  4. Not be in a court-ordered eviction process or court-ordered payment plan
  5. Have been denied for assistance from Hennepin County

If you are interested in completing a rent assistance application, please bring the following documents (PRINTED OUT) as your rent application cannot be processed without these items:

  • Photo identification
  • Lease or legal rental agreement
  • Hennepin County denial letter for Emergency Assistance/Emergency General Assistance (denial letter must be dated less than two months old)
  • Proof of income, such as employment or any public assistance
  • Late rent notice from landlord
  • Document of crisis that led to back-due rent, for example but not limited to
    • Receipt for emergency car repairs
    • Medical report of injury and proof of income loss
    • Receipt for travel expense for funeral
    • Unemployment statement or termination letter

If you have additional rent assistance questions, visit the Align Minneapolis or call 612-703-9978.

Since 1995, The Basilica has worked on Habitat for Humanity houses throughout our community, helping to make the joy and stability of home ownership a reality for local families. The Basilica has partnered with Twin Cities Habitat For Humanity by sponsoring a week-long annual “work camp.” Every summer, the Basilica provides a sponsorship fee and volunteers each day for five days to work on a home. Throughout the past two decades, the Basilica team has taken part in building a variety of home types including townhomes, duplexes, and single-family dwellings. 

Volunteers who participate in the “work camp” are treated to complimentary breakfast and lunch each day, provided by generous donors, and many volunteers return year after year. Basilica teams have been instrumental helping local families achieve their dream of affordable home ownership. 

Within the Habitat “work camp” there are volunteer activities for everyone of all ages—those 16 and up are welcomed to build. No experience with construction is required—we’ll train you and you may work at your own comfort level. Anyone of any age can help to greet the builders and/or make/serve snacks or breakfast/lunch. 

Street Voices of Change (SVoC) is a group of individuals who have current or past personal experiences with homelessness who come together to build community and make positive changes in the lives of people experiencing homelessness and the systems that contribute to and keep people in homelessness.

Weekly Meetings at The Basilica
Fridays from 8:30am-10am
Meal is from 8:30-9am. Enter at the door under the left of the grand stairs and go downstairs to the large hall.

St. Vincent de Paul Mission Statement

To develop community by providing services to our guests and by working to help all fulfill their potential. SVdP staff, volunteers, and those we serve accomplish this through the following actions and services:

  • Offer emergency relief and the opportunity to build relationships in an environment of comfort, healing, faith, and hope.
  • Advocate for the dignity of all by addressing the root causes of societal injustice.
  • Promote the spiritual growth of everyone involved in the ministry.