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  • HSC Board Nomination Information

    The Committee will announce the slate of candidates on Friday, October 28, 2016 via the Homeless Services Consortium listserv.

    Candidates and HSC Membership will have a chance to participate in a Question & Answer session immediately following the Tuesday, November 1st monthly HSC Membership meeting.

    Voting will take place at the Tuesday, December 6th monthly membership meeting.

    Individuals who represent Homeless Services Agencies are ineligible for At-Large seats on the 2017 Board of Directors. Homeless Services Agencies are defined as agencies who at this time receive CoC, ETH or ESG funding. This list includes:

    • Briarpatch
    • Community Action Coalition
    • Housing Initiatives
    • Legal Action of Wisconsin
    • Porchlight
    • Tenant Resource Center
    • Tellurian
    • The Salvation Army of Dane County
    • The Road Home
    • YWCA

    If you would like a flyer with this information, please visit the Links page.


  • Housing Resource Vacancy Lists: The lists for 0-1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms and 3+ bedrooms for the week of October 26, 2016 are available for download here.

    Other housing lists maintained by the Tenant Resource Center, including moderately priced housing and subsidized housing, are also available for download.


  • As of November 1, 2016, The Salvation Army will operate a nightly, drop-in shelter for women and families only. They will no longer operate a 90-day family shelter and will be starting an expansive rapid-rehousing program.

    For additional information, please visit the Need Help page and click on the “Upcoming Changes to The Salvation Army’s Family Shelters” and “Family Shelter FAQ” documents near the bottom of the page.


  • Bethel Lutheran Church (312 Wisconsin Avenue) will operate a day resource center from Tuesday, November 1, 2016 through Friday, March 31, 2017. Their hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

    For additional information, please click here.


  • There will be a complimentary breakfast buffet for veterans and active duty military on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Elks Club (700 Jennifer Street).



  • Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will be speaking about his work at the Memorial Union on Thursday, November 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. This event is sold out, but you can watch a recording of the author’s presentation at one of three Madison Public Library locations:

    Saturday, November 5th, 1 p.m., Sequoya Library
    Sunday, November 6th, 2 p.m., Pinney Library
    Friday, November 11th, 6:30 p.m., Hawthorne Library


  • Join the Madison Public Library for an evening of events exploring the issues raised in the 2016-2017 Go Big Read selection, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

    30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle on Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30 p.m. at Central Library (Rooms 301 and 302). Experience the struggles of chronically homeless men in Milwaukee as a former federal agent takes you from the streets through the justice system. Discussion and Q&A with director Faith Kohler and producer Jessica Farrell to follow the film. View the film trailer at

    Take Action: Housing Resource Fair, Wednesday, November 9th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Central Library (3rd floor Madison Room). Inspired by Evicted and want to take action? Find out how local organizations are working to solve housing instability in Madison and how you can help too. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour a tiny house built by Occupy Madison, Inc.


  • There are three upcoming trainings for the VI-SPDAT. The VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) is the common assessment used in Dane County to refer singles and families who are literally homeless to the Housing Prioritization List. If you are interested in attending these trainings, a registration link will be sent out in the next week.

    VI-SPDAT – 101: November 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Villager Mall (computer lab)

    This 2-hour training is designed to teach folks about the VI-SPDAT, best practices in giving it and how to access other housing resources for participants who are experiencing or facing homelessness. If you are new to the HSC, new to Homeless Services, and/or have never conducted a VI-SPDAT before, this is the course for you.

    VI-SPDAT – 201: November 16th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Villager Mall (computer lab)

    This 1-hour training is designed as a refresher for those who work with the VI-SPDAT on a regular basis. Topics will include how to enter the VI-SPDAT, how to enter/accept/update referrals and plenty of time for questions.  If you have been using HMIS for a while, but have some questions or are ready to take your data entry to the next level, this course is for you.

    VI-SPDAT – 301: November 16th, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Villager Mall (computer lab)

    This 2-hour training is only for users who have completed either the 101 or 201 coursework. The topics will include: workflows, updating information, data entry (how/why), understanding your program and how its data is important to the system, accountability for your data and more. If you’ve completed the 101 or 201 coursework and want to enhance your knowledge of HMIS and increase your VI-SPDAT administration effectiveness, then this is so the course for you.


  • Disability and Fair Housing: Do you know the law?

    The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental property that will focus on disability rights in the housing market:

    Wednesday, November 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Madison Public Library – Goodman Branch, 2222 S. Park Street

    While the seminar is free, we ask that attendees register so we’ll be sure to have enough of our training materials available. To register, or for more information, call us at 608-257-0853.

    The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws; the definition of “disability” in fair housing laws; reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities, including service animals and parking issues; physical accessibility in housing, and more.

    This seminar is supported by funding from the City of Madison Community Development Block Grant Program.

    If you need materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access our services, please call 257-0853.

    For an event flyer, please visit the Links page.


  • To learn more about upcoming transitions at Porchlight, please visit the Links page and click on the “Porchlight’s Leading Lady” article under the “Important Documents” heading.



  • 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.


  • 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.

    For additional information, please call (608) 358-9993 or e-mail



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


  • 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.


  • If you would like to be referred to the community wide housing prioritization list, 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 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (April 1st through October 31st). It is first come, first serve.

  • 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.

A total of 1,500 children and youth in the Madison Metropolitan School District were homeless during the 2015-2016 school year.

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