Point-In-Time Results 2009-2015

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.

Homeless Population 2010 2011 2012 2013
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.

individuals_servedIn 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
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
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

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