Adult Foster Care in Hennepin County – Penn House

Contact Information

Penn House
People Incorporated
1800 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Phone: 612-521-0642
TTY: 612-521-9869 (VP 612-284-9717)
Fax: 612-521-9889

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Penn House is a four-bed Hennepin County licensed Rule 203 adult foster care home for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-blind adults who use or want to use sign language as their primary mode of communication and who experience a mental illness. We provide a safe environment and teach residents the skills necessary to live, work and socialize in the community. The primary mode of communication is American Sign Language. Therefore, knowing sign language or being willing to learn is an advantage to all participants.

Who we serve

Individuals come from a variety of backgrounds, including recent high school graduates, psychiatric hospital discharges, and those living independently in the community or with family members. All must be adults (18+) who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-blind and experience a mental illness. Individuals must be waiver eligible, including CADI , DD and TBI waivers.

Services we provide

The program provides a home-like, supportive environment for adults with serious and persistent mental illness to learn independent living skills. We offer assistance with medication set up, monitoring, transportation to medical and psychiatric appointments, Independent Living Skills (ILS) training, socialization, meal planning, crisis intervention/prevention, cooking, appointment scheduling, and other services based on individual need.

About our location

The program is located in a homelike atmosphere in North Minneapolis. It is in a convenient location near bus lines, stores, banks, and churches. The home is three-story house and each person has a private bedroom. The house has several common areas for socializing.

About the process

Referrals to the program can be made by the individual, providers, family members or any interested party. The person’s eligibility is determined through a process which includes: completion of an intake form, psychological evaluation, social/family history and medical examination; a visit to the program; and an interview with the program supervisor and/or mental health practitioner.

About our fees

Cost for services at Penn House is covered by recipient income, GRH funding and waiver funds. Payment for the program must be pre-authorized by the county of financial responsibility. The person must be screened for waivered services funding, and the rate set includes both program fees and room and board.

About our staff

Our staff are both Deaf and hearing and all are fluent in sign language. Staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, OSHA, VA, HIPPA, psychiatric rehabilitation, psychiatric medication training, communication skills, and mental health crisis de-escalation.

Hours of operation

Services and on-site supervision 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with awake overnight staff.


Adult Foster Care, Rule 203
Adult Foster Care, Rule 245D
The program is Mental Health Certified through the state of Minnesota. 


Member of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) and US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).