Education and Outreach Committee

First United Methodist Church (FUMC) | 1PM - 2PM

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Community Action Coalition (CAC) | 1PM - 3PM

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United Way | 12PM - 1PM

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  • Housing Resource Vacancy Lists: The lists for 0-1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms and 3+ bedrooms for the week of June 22, 2016 are available for download here.


  • Community Action Coalition and the Housing Resource Desk will be closed on Friday, June 24, 2016.


  • Updates from the Homeless Restorative Justice Project:

    There will be an upcoming meeting to discuss, learn about, and potentially engage further with Madison’s pilot Homelessness Restorative Justice Initiative.

    The goal of this meeting is to introduce people to this project, provide updates, and invite you to partner with us if and how you wish. We will also further develop work advocating for system change.

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 28th from noon to 2:00 p.m. in Room 201 of the City County Building (210 Martin Luther King Blvd).

    12-12:45: Project overview and discussion

    12:45-2: Longer-term vision, advocacy

    Here is a brief overview of the Homelessness Restorative Justice Project:

    The Homeless Restorative Justice Project is a collaborative effort between Operation Welcome Home, The Dane County Timebank, YWCA, Community Justic Inc., Brenda Konkel, Heidi Wegleitner, Judge Koval and Adriana Peguero from the City Attorney’s office.

    The goals of the project are:

    1) For homeless people to have municipal tickets they cannot pay reduced or eliminated from their record through a restorative process as a way to eliminate barriers to future success.

    2) For homeless or recently homeless people to identify and achieve goals they decide to pursue such as of securing housing, sobriety, source of income, family connections or other goals to improving their life situation.

    3) For all involved to develop policy, culture and enforcement recommendations to shift away from the criminalization of homelessness.

    I hope you can make it! If you’re interested but unavailable for the meeting that day please let me know.


    Z! on behalf of the Homeless Restorative/Transformative Justice Project

  • The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) is having a grand opening and dedication of their newest HIV medical home on Thursday, June 30th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 600 Williamson Street.

    If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Brett Blomme at (608) 316-8621 or

    For an event flyer, please visit the Links page.


  • Updates from Community Action Coalition:

    We have spent out all of the Rapid Rehousing money that was returned to us this year. However, that means we no longer have any financial assistance to offer folks that are literally homeless and seeking entry costs. Please don’t refer folks in need of this type of assistance to CAC at this point, as we are completely out of funding.

    There are some program changes taking place on July 1st, please read carefully! If you have any question, feel free to contact Rachel Kaiser, Program Leader, at (608) 246-4730, ext. 216 or

    Eviction Prevention Program for 07/01/2016 – 06/30/2017:

    CAC is changing the way its Eviction Prevention Program functions. CAC will no longer be offering a monthly drawing for those with 5-day notices. Under the new program, CAC will accept referrals and meet with individuals on a first-come-first-serve basis in order to determine eligibility. The new standard requirements for the program are that a participant is doubled up and facing eviction due to being doubled up OR the participant has received a lease termination, including a 14-day eviction notice.

    *Participants who are doubled up, asked to leave within 14 days from their primary residence, and have secured permanent housing can be granted up to $500 per household for entry costs. CAC has funding for approximately 35 households in this category.

    *For participants who have received a formal lease termination, including eviction, CAC can provide up to $1,000 of assistance in order to maintain permanent housing. The payment must keep the household in their current housing. CAC has funding for approximately 30 households who meet this eligibility criterion.

    Rapid Rehousing Program for 07/01/2016 – 06/30/2017:

    CAC will no longer offer Rapid Rehousing funds as of July 1st, 2016. CAC and Porchlight have partnered to provide 12 units of Rapid Rehousing for single adults, including young adults.  The housing will be located at Brooks St. Porchlight will use the Community Wide Prioritization list to choose single individuals that are in the score range of 6-11. The funds will provide entry costs and ongoing rent subsidies as needed per household.


  • First United Methodist Church’s food pantry, Community Outreach Breakfast, Come As You Are Worship and outreach services will be closed the week of Monday, July 4th and will re-open on Monday, July 11th.

    If you have any questions, please contact Karen Andro, Director of Outreach Ministries, at (608) 338-0320 or


  • The semi-annual Point In Time (PIT count) is Wednesday, July 27th. This is where we take count and gather information about sheltered and unsheltered homeless in our CoC. If you want to be involved, please come to the planning meetings or e-mail Laura Wichert at

    Wednesday, July 6th, 1-3 p.m., Briarpatch Youth Services: Planning Meeting

    Wednesday, July 20th, 1-3 p.m., Briarpatch Youth Services: Team Lead Training

    Monday, July 25th, 5-7 p.m., Villager Mall: Volunteer Training


  • To review summaries of the feedback provided on the Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, please visit the Get Involved page.

    All comments are being analyzed and a third version of the plan will be available the week of July 8th. There will be a one week period that individuals can provide final feedback. The final goals/objectives and strategies will be reviewed at the HSC Board of Directors meeting Friday, July 22nd for adoption.

    If there are any questions please contact Kristin Rucinski at or Martha Cranley at


  • The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental property on Wednesday, July 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Madison Public Library – Lakeview Branch (2845 N. Sherman Avenue). 

    While the seminar is free, attendees are asked to register so there are enough training materials available. To register, or for more information, please call (608) 257-0853.

    The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws; reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities; advertising rental units in compliance with fair housing laws; non-discriminatory negotiation with prospective tenants, and much more.


  • 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. Thank you to Brenda Konkel for filming the event.


  • 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)