Minnesota Shelter Emergency Staffing Pool

The Minnesota Shelter Emergency Staffing Pool is a short-term initiative designed in response to the acute COVID-19 related staffing challenges at shelters and other temporary congregate settings for people experiencing homelessness or domestic violence. This emergency staffing pool is a partnership between ServeMinnesota and Worldwide Travel Staffing to help shelters weather COVID-related staffing crises by deploying individuals on a shift-by-shift basis where needs are greatest. It will operate over the next two months or so, as needs dictate. 

Eligible facilities are temporary, congregate settings that serve people experiencing homelessness and are experiencing staffing impacts from a COVID-19 outbreak. This can include homeless shelters, shelters for domestic violence survivors, and board and lodge settings. Settings that require people to be homeless at entry will be prioritized. Both nonprofit and for-profit entities that serve people experiencing homelessness are eligible to apply. 

This resource is free to eligible settings and the temporary staff are hired and paid by Worldwide. Worldwide has staff ready to deploy to settings.

This resource is focused specifically on COVID-19 related staff shortages, and is not intended to supplement normal shelter operations. Staff will be deployed in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health Congregate Living Settings Response Team. 

If you are an eligible entity, you can fill out the application for emergency staffing support. This program will end on March 31, 2022.

If you have questions about the application or process, please send an email to Naomi Zuk-Fisher, naomi.zuk@gmail.com, ServeMN consultant and Minnesota Shelter Emergency Staffing Pool lead.