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.
Friends of the State Street Family
120 South Franklin Street
Friends of the State Street Family is an all-volunteer organization that primarily serves unsheltered homeless persons in Madison. They have served (and continue to serve) a meal on the street every Saturday since 2011 from 3-4 pm. They do outreach by finding unsheltered people all over the city living in cars, tents, under bridges and sleeping outdoors, and assist with connecting them to existing services. Friends of the State Street Family also helps get them the gear they need to survive outside in Wisconsin weather. They also have a travelling MFA photographic display that shows how unsheltered people in Madison live. The Annual "Midnight Run" is their mass survival gear drop-offs to folks outside, when the majority have run out of time in the shelters in the spring. Specific donation drives of all kinds are also conducted based on the needs of the population. Any donations that are not needed go directly to other homeless service support agencies, as they work collaboratively with a number of additional organizations.
Basic Needs, Food, Info & Referrals
1324 Drake Street, #1
Our mission is to create meaningful connections between individuals and the health resources they need, in every community, every day. To improve access to care for those most at-risk, we are developing an online community of free and subsidized health resources. Our goal is to help low-income uninsured and underinsured individuals quickly identify community health service providers that can actually provide the care that person needs. To learn more about our exciting project visit www.healthconnect.link.
Healthcare, Info & Referrals
1490 Martin Street
The Hospitality House is open from 8:30am- 4:30pm, 7 days a week, all-year round. This location offers services such as telephone access, employment and housing counseling. A shuttle bus runs everyday in the mornings and afternoons from the Hospitality House to multiple points of service. This is also the location of the Porchlight warehouse where designated donation items can be dropped off. Please visit Porchlight’s website for more information about accepted donations.
Financial Assistance, Food, Info & Referrals, Transportation
1110 Ruskin Street
Since 1994, Housing Initiatives, Inc.'s mission has been to house homeless persons and families with severe mental illnesses. They do this primarily through two different ways:
- Administering HUD’s Rental Assistance program on behalf of Dane County Human Services.
- Owning and operating 94 units within the City of Madison to house Rental Assistance clients and formerly-homeless veterans through the HUD-VASH program.
Housing Programs, Mental Health/AODA, Veterans
Independent Living, Inc.
2970 Chapel Valley Road, Suite 203
For more than 40 years, Independent Living, Inc. has been helping older adults and those with disabilities manage their independence. This is accomplished through comprehensive in-home services, skilled home health care, and independent and supportive housing. Housing options are available in Madison, Fitchburg and Sun Prairie; in-home services are offered primarily in Dane and Green counties. A local, nonprofit organization, Independent Living administers grants for in-home services, caregiver respite, and home safety changes. Additional in-home services include Evening Meals on Wheels, medication management, personal care, and home chores. Our Medicare-certified home health care agency offers nursing care, wound care, and physical/occupational/speech therapy. A large volunteer department provides companionship, telephone reassurance, Meals on Wheels and Kibble on Wheels deliveries, and much more. Through our homelessness prevention program, we provide income-based housing in both Madison and Fitchburg.
Case Management, Disability, Elderly, Healthcare, Housing Programs, Info & Referrals
Institute for Community Alliances
P.O. Box 1407
ICA is the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Agency for the four Wisconsin Continua of Care. ICA administers the statewide Wisconsin HMIS, which captures client-level data from homeless service organizations throughout Wisconsin. HMIS contains data including the numbers of clients using emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing, as well as data of services used to obtain and maintain stable housing. HMIS enables service providers to measure the effectiveness of their interventions, and facilitate longitudinal analysis of service needs and gaps within the Wisconsin CoCs.
Info & Referrals
Joyce & Marshall Erdman Clinic
2202 South Park Street
Our Joyce & Marshall Erdman Clinic is located in the Village on Park site, next to the Urban League of Greater Madison on South Park Street. We are located near other social service agencies, bringing critical care to the community.