Persons in need of shelter services in Dane County receive assistance through one or more of the following:
- Emergency shelter
- Transitional housing
- Permanent supportive housing
Of the 3,370 people served in 2013, 1,529 were members of families (a total of 473 families with 946 children under 18 years of age); 1,304 were single men; 497 were single women and 36 were unaccompanied youth under the age of 18. Two couples without children were also served.
|Families in Shelter||522||394||445||475|
|Children in Shelter||1,055||803||881||946|
|Total Individuals in Families in Shelter||1,363||1,282||1,436||1,529|
|Single Men in Shelter||1,235||1,257||1,362||1,304|
|Single Women in Shelter||509||508||549||497|
|Unaccompanied Minors in Shelter||29||32||31||36|
|Total Individuals Served in Shelter||3,126||3,079||3,382||3,370|
|Total Households Served in Shelter||2,266||2,191||2,358||2,312|
|Individuals Turned Away Without Shelter||1,605||2,003||1,654||1,654|
Sixty-three percent of all individuals turned away without shelter in 2013 were individuals in families. A total of 1,041 individuals in families were turned away without shelter or a voucher. This is a slight increase from 2012 when 1,035 were reported turned away. The primary reasons given for individuals in families being turned away without assistance were lack of shelter space or lack of funds to pay for motel vouchers. The number of individuals turned away from shelters fluctuated greatly during the past eight years. The reasons for that variation are unknown.
In 2013, 1,280 households at risk of homelessness (596 families with children, 628 single adults and 56 couples with no children) avoided homelessness and maintained stable housing. They did this with financial assistance from Community Action Coalition and Porchlight (the two largest homeless prevention program providers in Dane County) as well as Middleton Outreach Ministry. Another 473 households avoided homelessness through legal advocacy, housing mediation services and tenant education provided by the Tenant Resource Center, Legal Action of Wisconsin and YWCA of Madison.
|Households Served By Prevention Funds|
|Total Number of Households Receiving Financial Assistance to Prevent Homelessness||1,019||842||1,059||1,371||1,280|
|Total Number of Households Receiving Tenant Services, Legal Advocacy and Mediation to Prevent Homelessness||384||399||414||595||473|