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.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
2102 Fordem Avenue
The mission of DAIS is to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education, and outreach. Since 1977, DAIS has worked passionately and effectively to ensure the safety and well-being of domestic violence victims and their families, and to change societal attitudes that perpetuate violence and the abuse of power. DAIS offers eight comprehensive crisis intervention, education, and prevention programs: 24-hour Help Line, Legal Advocacy, Crisis Response, Children’s Program, Support Groups, Training and Education, Primary Prevention, and the only Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter in Dane County.
Basic Needs, Case Management, Children's Programming, Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims and their Children, Financial Assistance, Info & Referrals
116 West Washington Avenue
The Drop-In Shelter offers temporary emergency shelter at the main location on West Washington Ave and two overflow shelters located downtown. Everyone MUST do intake at the main location. Dinner, breakfast, showers and laundry facilities and personal essentials are provided by Porchlight at this location. There is a free medical clinic on Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm. Shelter guests can meet with an outreach case worker on designated nights. After 9pm, the guests assigned to the overflow shelters will go to the different location. All guests must leave in the morning by 7:30am.
Basic Needs, Food, Info & Referrals, Shelter
EmployAbility: Employment and Housing Solutions, LLC
621 North Sherman Avenue, Suite B1
608-709-1034 or 608-285-2152
EmployAbility: Employment and Housing Solutions, LLC contracts with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to create long lasting and successful employment by focusing on the abilities and strengths of its consumers. We work to empower consumers to gain meaningful employment by providing one on one job development services tailored to meet their needs, expectations and goals.
Employment and Training Association
1819 Aberg Avenue
The Employment and Training Association (EATA) is one of the oldest private, non-profit, community based organizations in South Central Wisconsin. EATA has operated various federal training components funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services.
EATA is committed to providing employment and training services in a way that preserves personal dignity, considers individual needs and differences, and supports individuals and their families. To further this goal, the agency employs staff with a unique blend of talents, skills, and backgrounds to ensure that customers' needs are met. EATA provides comprehensive employment and training services throughout South Central Wisconsin.
Since 1966 EATA has maintained longtime relationships with other community based service providers, as well as local employers. Neighborhood involvement helps EATA to forge relationships with local staff to provide a seamless transition for our shared participants. This approach ultimately leads to better trained candidates going into the workforce. EATA continues to cultivate and provide multi-cultural services to the diverse population in South Central Wisconsin. EATA has been successful because of the dedicated employees who strive to help those in need see the possibilities and assist them in getting there.
Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI)
2701 International Lane, Suite 210
Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI) is a private, non-profit organization located in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 1990 the mission has been to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI) provides employment and benefits counseling, assistive technology, and community outreach services to people with disabilities who are considering or pursuing employment.
Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison
612 West Main Street, Suite 200
608-257-0853 or 877-647-3247 (Toll-Free)
The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison ensures equal housing opportunity and the exercise of fair housing rights by conducting complaint intake, counseling and investigative services for people alleging unlawful housing discrimination; providing presentations, training and technical assistance for housing providers and consumers; and investigating institutional forms of discrimination. To arrange a fair housing presentation for your audience or group, call 608-257-0853. To discuss a housing discrimination complaint, call 1-877-647-3247, a toll-free statewide complaint intake line.
Info & Referrals
First United Methodist Church - Outreach Ministries
203 Wisconsin Avenue
FUMC, located just one block off Capitol Square, and in the mid-section of the isthmus, is geographically positioned to be of particular service and help to those in need. The Outreach Ministries seek to build and enhance trust relationships with the neighborhood and its diverse residents. They work collaboratively with other metro agencies, including the Madison-Area Urban Ministry, Porchlight, Inc., Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin, and the Dane County Food Pantry Network. They welcome a diverse team of volunteers to help with the food pantry, community outreach breakfasts, community holiday meals, helping with shelter meals served at the Porchlight men’s shelter and other ongoing and new initiatives. The goal is to expand coordinated resources to those under served persons in the downtown neighborhood and across the city.
Basic Needs, Financial Assistance, Food