Columbia Heights Board & Lodge

Support for people with mental illness


Columbia Heights Board & Lodge is a non-licensed transitional housing facility which offers housing, meals, and support for adults who have had serious and persistent mental illness. Columbia Heights Board and Lodge is a sober campus and individuals must maintain at least six months of sobriety prior to admission. Individuals are non-waivered and primarily receive General Assistance funding. Through an exclusive partnership with Anoka County, this program fills a gap for those individuals who then are eligible to apply for Housing Supports funding upon successful intake, which is an important component for stabilization and permanent housing.

Belonging to a transitional living program requires that each member do their part to assist with the upkeep of the community environment. Our transitional living program operates as a place to provide individuals the skills necessary to transition into the community within two years. The program relies on personal responsibility. Rules, policies, and procedures are in place to ensure residents' safety, health, and overall well-being.

Individuals are expected to work on building good habits: positively participate in the program and set goals for themselves; be respectful of staff and residents; complete necessary paperwork and stay in contact with their case manager; take prescribed medications and follow recommendations of healthcare providers; stay sober (drug/alcohol free) and complete drug/alcohol tests as requested; complete assigned chores on time; keep their bedrooms and shared bathrooms in sanitary condition; and pay rent and other fees on time.

Columbia Heights Board & Lodge provides 24-hour care, 365 days per year for up to 14 residents. Each resident enjoys a single private bedroom with shared community bathrooms. Each floor has a common area for recreational opportunities and socializing. The site enjoys easy access to the bus line, providing affordable transportation options for work-related and personal needs.

For more information, call 763-252-4631

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4653 Central Avenue
Columbia Heights, MN 55421


24-hour care, 365 days per year


Adult residents of Anoka county who have serious and persistent mental illness


Housing Support grants and private pay


Natasha Zahler and Resident Manager Teri Hanson show our new resource
room at Columbia Heights Board and Lodge to former President and CEO Paula Hart.


  • Building is a renovated, two-story apartment complex
  • Each floor has a common area for watching television and socializing
  • Each resident has their own bedroom
  • Located near public transportation
  • Neighborhood is a mixture of business and residential properties
  • At least one staff is present onsite 24-hours a day, 365-days a year


  • Meal service
  • Staff help facilitate access to active supports which are provided by outside sources