New Program Aimed at Helping Homeless

St. Louis Co. Residents Can Get Help by Texting "Homeless" to 85511

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting June 1st, St. Louis County residents who are homeless or about to become homeless will have a new resource through the United Way’s 211 program.

By texting ‘homeless’ to 85511, people can start the pre–screen process 24 hours a day.

Officials say the text hotline will serve people who might not get the help they need otherwise.

“Hopefully people with irregular work schedules, social anxiety, people who may not feel comfortable giving us a phone call may utilize this service,” said Nicholas Klee, an information specialist with the Head of the Lakes United Way.

St. Louis County’s “text homeless” program is the first of its kind, and is only available to people who have lived in the county for at least 30 days.  People living outside St. Louis County should call 800-543-7709.

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