Emma Norton Residence
At Emma Norton Residence, we’re here to help you achieve your goals in order to get from where you are to where you want to be. We cover your basic needs, like housing and food, while you work on yourself.
You can grow and learn among a lively community of various cultures, races, identities, ages, religions, and ways of thinking—all in a stable, supportive, sober environment. Our programs, services and opportunities will help you achieve mental and chemical health, while developing invaluable life skills to get you on the track to independence.
Located between Regions Hospital and the State Capitol building at the crossing of University Avenue and Robert Street, Emma Norton Residence (ENR) is in the heart of downtown St. Paul. ENR is geared toward women who are working towards self-sufficiency and independence. It is a safe, secure, sober environment for the transition between homelessness and permanent housing.
ENR is a four-story, dormitory-style residence complete with a laundry facility, full-service kitchen, self-service kitchenette, dining room, computer lab, four lounges, a parking lot, and two patios.
Sleeping rooms are single- or double-occupancy and allow for individuals to have a private retreat away from the social atmosphere of the common areas.
The full-service kitchen provides a well-balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Bagged lunches are also available for those headed to work or school. The self-service kitchenette is available for residents to prepare their own meals, if desired.
Bus lines run very near ENR and Light Rail Transportation construction is underway just outside on Robert Street.
In addition to daily group and individual support services, residents have the opportunity to participate in various social, special interest, leadership, educational, and spiritual groups. Residents also receive a YMCA membership.
By partnering with a case manager and support staff, residents individually set and work on short- and long-term goals towards achieving independence and self-sufficiency. During the period of transition, while remaining sober, taking part in self-improvement efforts, and actively participating in work, school or the community, women are welcome to reside at ENR for two years while working towards these goals.