The Homeless Services Consortium members below offer assistance in various ways to those struggling with homelessness. Read below to learn the ways in which they help.
101 East Mifflin Street, Suite 100
608-257-1436 (option 2)
The YWCA Madison is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1909 as a member of the YWCA USA. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. To fulfill this mission, the YWCA Madison: supports people in housing & shelter, helps people improve their financial situations through job training & transportation and advances race & gender equity to create a more inclusive community.
The YWCA Madison provides affordable housing for single women and small families, as well as a family shelter at its building on the Capitol Square. With its partners The Road Home, Salvation Army and the United Way, the YWCA Madison also provides several community-based Housing First programs. Housing First programs help homeless families secure permanent housing as quickly as possible and provide intensive stabilizing support services to prevent a recurrence of homelessness. The program also supports participants as they pursue financial stability and other personal goals.
The YWCA Madison delivers job training programs, such as Construct-U, which prepares graduates for work in the road construction industry and the skilled trades, and YWeb Career Academy, which trains graduates in computer programming. The agency also provides YW Transit which provides safe rides to get people to and from work as well as the Driver's License Recovery program, which assists individuals in achieving economic prosperity and security by addressing the growing issue of the loss of a driver's license for people who live at or below the poverty level. These programs are hosted at the YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Drive).
As a part of the mission to eliminate racism, the YWCA Madison helps to keep youth of color in school through the Restorative Justice Program. Restorative Justice is a strategy to address the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a process by which students are removed from the school for disciplinary infractions, often putting them on a path to the criminal justice system. Restorative Justice programs provide alternative discipline models in schools to keep students in school and out of the justice system.
Finally, the YWCA Madison also hosts workshops and conferences on the topics of racial justice and women's leadership.
Basic Needs, Case Management, Childcare, Employment, Financial Assistance, Housing Programs, Info & Referrals, Shelter, Transportation