ZOOM House is a transformational housing program that assists families to move from the experience of homelessness toward self-sufficiency offering resources, guidance and support in their journey.
The apartment building on the corner of 33rd Street and Blaisdell Avenue told a discouraging and violent story twenty years ago. There were more drug-related phone 911 calls regarding that building than anywhere in south Minneapolis. One afternoon a DEA raid brought the property manager, police, and members of Zion Lutheran Church together. The people of Zion did not have experience with housing and property management, but they knew they could do better than the status quo! With support from partner congregations, Zion purchased the building, renovated the apartments, and began a housing ministry that offered family advocacy services to families transitioning from homeless shelters.
ZOOM (Zion Originated Outreach Ministry) House continues to provide families with safe housing and a fresh start! Thanks to partner congregations, corporate grants, and individual friends and donors, ZOOM House continues to challenge the status quo by providing permanent, affordable housing and new beginnings to its families in the heart of Minneapolis.
2018 ZOOM House Gala