People Serving People, Inc. (PSP) was incorporated and received its 501(c)(3) status in 1982, as a temporary homeless shelter for men with chemical dependencies. The first location was the former Francis Drake Hotel.
Over the past thirty years homelessness changed from affecting mostly men with chemical and mental health problems, to affecting families with children.
PSP saw the need to adapt to the changing homeless population and became an emergency shelter for men and/or women with families and unaccompanied youth. Some nights the number of homeless children PSP sheltered soared to nearly 500. To accommodate families, PSP opened an additional building to provide safe and sober emergency housing. In 1987, Hennepin County began to refer families to PSP. These referrals, and the development of cooperative ventures with community agencies, prompted PSP to offer a holistic approach by providing on-site collaborative services, which we continue today.
Concentrating its services on homeless families in the late 1990s, PSP conducted focus groups and compiled a feasibility study relative to the type of facility and services that were needed to serve the seven county homeless population. It was determined that PSP should own a single, larger location near the city’s core. In the fall of 1997, PSP embarked on a capital campaign and purchased a building at 614 S. 3rd Street, in downtown Minneapolis.
In 2002, People Serving People renovated and moved into its new location. The facility was crafted so that 21 other agencies could be housed on-site. Our current facility has 10 floors and a lower level full service dining hall; including seven floors for emergency housing, offering 99 hotel-size rooms and 10 two-bedroom apartments. There are four service floors containing a dining room, two libraries, several classrooms, collaborative agency offices, medical clinic, one infant and one preschool center, computer lab, and more.