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  • DAIS is starting a new Spanish speaking support group for victims of domestic violence on Tuesdays. The group is open to anyone who identifies as female that has experienced intimate partner violence at some point in their life. They request that clients call the helpline number to let DAIS know they are coming at (608) 251-4445.


  • HUD CoC 2016 Applications are available on the Get Involved page.


  • Housing Resource Vacancy Lists: The lists for 0-1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms and 3+ bedrooms for the week of July 27, 2016 are available for download here.


  • “Nonprofit Advocacy Rights and Limitations: WI & Fed. Definition and Rules” training will be held on Tuesday, August 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street). If you are interested in learning the federal and Wisconsin rules and regulations governing advocacy work by nonprofits, please click here to purchase a ticket.


  • Briarpatch has a few program updates to share with the HSC:

    Our Street Outreach Program has applied for continued federal funding. The FYSB Street Outreach grant is highly competitive, with only 48 awards nationally. If we are to be awarded funding the new grant cycle begins October 1st, 2016.

    Note: The new RFP includes significant changes to program objectives. Previously Briarpatch SOP could serve individuals up to age 24. The new grant has changed the ages served to 20 years of age. This will have a significant impact on those we can provide case management services.

    Effective immediately, we will no longer be accepting referrals for individuals older than 20 years of age. In an effort to transition existing clients and to be prepared for imminent program changes we are implementing these changes immediately.

    Regarding the Briarpatch Transitional Living Program. As of July 1st Briarpatch has taken over full operation of the TLP. The past few weeks have been spent reorganizing the program. We have decided to change the application process. Previously we had been using a paper application.

    Moving forward, all clients, 20 and younger should call our help-line 608-251-1126 or 800-798-1126 and have a referral made to the Street Outreach Program. When we receive the referral one of our Case Managers will follow up with the client to begin the case management process. If the referral is a good candidate for the Transitional Living Program we will begin that internal process.

    Note: TLP is not emergency shelter for young adults.  Individuals in need of immediate shelter should use the Men and Women’s Shelter system.

    Please have all clients call the help-line 608-251-1126 or 800-798-1126 to fill out the referral form. Please avoid having referrals call me or a case manager directly.

    We will be presenting an overview of Briarpatch programs at the September HSC meeting. We look forward to sharing more information at that time. For now, if you have questions or concerns please email me at


  • The Madison Dental Initiative (MDI) is no longer accepting any new referrals for new patients unless it comes directly from the Salvation Army and their current waiting list is very long. MDI will continue to accept a person who is experiencing severe dental pain during their emergency clinic, but these patients will not be eligible for routine care.


  • Video of the Dane CoC Data Committee’s training on Chronic Homelessness Definition and Documentation from Tuesday, May 24, 2016 is available here.

    Video of the City of Madison’s training on Exit Destinations from Wednesday, June 22, 2016 is available here.

    Both videos are also available on the Links page.

    Thank you to Brenda Konkel for filming these events.


  • Beginning on Saturday, May 14th, Iglesia Restauracion y Vida (6527 Normandy Lane) will serve breakfast on the second and fourth Saturday of the month between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Everyone with food insecurity is welcome; it is not required that someone be homeless, though that is the primary population the church intends to serve.

    For additional questions, please contact Erika Tecua at (608) 921-0303.



  • Homeless Spring/Summer Resource Guide: For helpful information on resources available for individual and families in need from May 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016, please click here (En Español).


  • Homeless Restorative Justice Project: The project is looking for people who have over $2,000 in unpaid municipal tickets related to being homeless and who are currently homeless or who have been chronically homeless and have recently gained access to transitional housing or permanent housing. The candidate must be ready to get support for improving their situation. At this time the group is able to take on about 3 people every 3 months. Having a current case manager is helpful, but not necessary.

    To apply, please click here. For program flyers, please visit the Links page. If there are any questions or concerns, please call (608) 358-9993 or e-mail



  • There is a free store at the top of State Street in which clothes and other goods are available to those in need every Wednesday at noon.

    For additional information, please contact Big Mike at (608) 490-1758.


  • VI-SPDAT: The latest versions of the VI-SPDAT for both single adults and families can be found on the Zero: 2016 page.


  • Starting Monday, April 4, 2016, The Salvation Army is able to use space at First United Methodist Church (203 Wisconsin Avenue) for an overflow emergency family shelter. The overflow shelter will be available Sunday through Thursday from April 4th to October 31st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The intake procedure will not change when the overflow family shelter is in operation. Families who need shelter for the night must call the Housing Resource Line at (855) 510-2323, option 3 before noon on the day they need shelter.

    For additional information, please visit the Need Help page and click on the “Overflow Shelter” document near the bottom of the page.


  • Porchlight Shuttle Route: The updated van route for 2016 can be found on the Links page under “Important Documents.” This schedule is effective as of Monday, January 11, 2016.

    If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Ruben Olvera, Hospitality House Coordinator, at (608) 255-4401 or


  • Porchlight is increasing the number of days single men can access their drop-in shelter from 60 to 90 days per year. This policy is effective immediately. All other policies will remain the same, including the cold weather exceptions and extensions granted for working with a case manager. All rules and enforcement of those rules will also remain the same. Additional information is available through the Need Help page. Simply click on the “Porchlight’s Increase in Nights of Shelter Memo” near the bottom of the page.


  • Effective immediately, The Salvation Army Women’s Shelter is increasing their capacity to 45 women per night.

    For additional information, please visit the Need Help page and click on the “Salvation Army Women’s Shelter – Increased Capacity” document near the bottom of the page.


  • The Salvation Army Women’s Shelter is increasing the number of days women can access shelter from 60 to 90 days per year. This is effective immediately. Additional information is available through the Need Help page. Simply click on the “Salvation Army Women’s Shelter – 90 Days” document near the bottom of the page.

    If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Carly Sobye, Housing Coordinator, at (608) 250-2205.


  • HSC Meeting Minutes: Minutes from HSC Board Meetings and HSC Membership Meetings are available through the Calendar page. Simply click on an event to view the minutes from that event.


  • If you would like to be referred to the community wide housing prioritization lists, call (855) 510-2323 (option 1) and leave your name, callback number and a brief message. A Coordinated Intake Caseworker will call you back to schedule an appointment to complete the required assessment.


  • Families in need of shelter: Call (855) 510-2323 (option 3) by noon on the day your family needs shelter. Leave your name, callback number, the number of people in your family and the ages of your children. A Salvation Army staff member will call you back with availability.

  • Single Males in need of shelter: Intake is held at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Avenue, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

    If there are any questions, comments or concerns, please call the Housing Resource Line at (855) 510-2323 (option 5).

  • Single Females in need of shelter: Intake is held at The Salvation Army, 630 East Washington Avenue, at 5:00 p.m. It is first come, first serve.

    If there are any questions, comments or concerns, please call the Housing Resource Line at (855) 510-2323 (option 4).

A total of 1,414 children and youth in the Madison Metropolitan School District were homeless during the 2014-2015 school year.

Source: Madison Metropolitan School District Transition Education Program (TEP)