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

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  • Housing Resource Vacancy Lists: The lists for 0-1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms and 3+ bedrooms for the week of September 21, 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.


  • Dates/Locations for Day Resource Center Meetings:

    1. First United Methodist Church – Wednesday, September 28th from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (following the community breakfast) at 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison
    2. Immanuel Lutheran Church – Wednesday, October 5th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1021 Spaight Street, Madison


  • 2016 Mayor’s Nieghborhood Conferece: People-Places-Possiblities will take place on Saturday, October 8th at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center (One John Nolen Drive) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Click here to register (en Español). The $15 registration fee includes: Early Bird Bike and Ride Tours, Inspiring Keynote Speaker, 12 Workshops and 20 Peer-to-Peer Conversations, and information reception. Please register by noon on Tuesday, September 27th for a guaranteed lunch.


  • The Head Start Program currently has openings in their 3 year old program and 4K program at their two locations on Northport Drive. They are actively recruiting and accepting applications. 

    For flyers in English and Spanish, please visit the Links page.


  • The WorkSmart Network is excited to sponsor a Welding and Fabrication Academy that begins on Monday, October 3rd at the Madison College Commercial Avenue Campus.

    This short term 11 week academy will put you on the fast-track to good jobs in a growing industry that includes welding, metal fabrication and machining. Participants will earn college credits without the cost of tuition, an OSHA 10 safety certification, and skills in safety, welding, fabrication, print reading, teamwork, and communication that will give them an advantage over the competition.

    Please review the flyer on the Links page for more details about this excellent opportunity. If you are interested in participating in the academy or have any questions or concerns, please contact Chris at (608) 438-4202 or


  • Koats for Kids will begin at Community Action Coalition (1717 North Stoughton Road) on Tuesday, October 4th. Photo ID required for adults and ID required for children (medical cards, birth certificates, social security cards) at registration.

    Distribution will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours below.

    On Thursday, October 6th and Thursday, October 20th, distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    On Saturday, October 8th and Saturday, October 15th, distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The final day of distribution will be held on Thursday, October 27th. Also, the clothing center will be closed the last week in September and the first week in November to set-up for and clean-up from Koats for Kids.

    For event flyers, please visit the Links page.


  • 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, October 12th, 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.


  • The Veteran Stand Down will offer a day of relief to local veterans experiencing homelessness on Saturday, October 22nd at The Salvation Army (3030 Darbo Drive). The event will provide clothing, haircuts, meals, and even more gear to help reduce the stress of being homeless.

    Volunteers are needed! If you would like to register, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Adam Howarth at


  • 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” document 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.


  • 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).


  • DAIS has a 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.


  • 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 people who are experiencing severe dental pain during their emergency clinic, but these patients will not be eligible for routine care.


  • 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 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



  • 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 4, 2016 to October 31, 2016 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.


  • 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)