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.
Legal Action of Wisconsin
31 South Mills Street
Legal Action helps low-income people achieve equal justice by providing creative, effective and high-quality civil legal services. Legal Action’s lawyers and paralegals help solve housing problems (public and private evictions and housing subsidy); public benefits problems (SSI and SSDI denials, W-2, food stamps and Medical Assistance); and family law, domestic violence and child abuse restraining orders, child custody when family violence is present. LA’s Migrant Project provides free assistance to migrant workers throughout the state primarily with employment and public benefit issues. Legal Action’s services are free to eligible clients
30 West Mifflin Street, Suite 600
MACH OneHealth emerged in the fall of 2015 in meetings between William Gilles (DVM, director of WIScares), Garrett Lee (HSC board member, sociopreneurial change agent) and Ann Catlett (internist palliative care at UW-Health). William learned that pet owners revealed their own need for medical care after getting care for their animals. Garrett, with the HSC EO Committee, performed a transportation survey that identified transportation as a barrier to health care access. Ann had found herself approached by homeless agencies and volunteer outreach workers regarding the medical dilemmas of their clients. The group began organizing others to address these problems. As of Spring 2016, there are over 50 stakeholders co-organizing as MACH1Health. Our mission is to provide and coordinate compassionate, comprehensive healthcare (collaborative, effective, responsible) for underserved individuals.
Madison Helping Hands is a volunteer and donation based group that assists with the needs of those in Madison experiencing homelessness. We supply survival gear to those living outdoors to help them survive the harsh seasons in Wisconsin. Through street outreach we find, help, and connect individuals with the services they need. Madison Helping Hands serves a meal every Friday at the top of State Street at 7:00pm. We work with many of the other service groups, churches, and programs to fill gaps needed in services. We partner with most of the Madison groups to share resources and handle immediate need and crisis situations.
Basic Needs, Food, Info & Referrals
Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) - Transition Education Program (TEP)
545 West Dayton Street
The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Transition Education Program’s (TEP) work is guided by the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Our goal is to reduce barriers to school enrollment and achievement so that children from families who are experiencing homelessness have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school. Services include, but are not limited to: advocacy, enrollment assistance, school supplies, resource development, staff development, community education about homelessness and mobility, coordination with community partners and transportation.
Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM)
2300 South Park Street, Suite 2022
Madison-area Urban Ministry, Inc. (MUM) is a nonprofit interfaith social justice organization that convenes individuals and faith communities in the greater Dane County area in order to identify, study, urge action, and work together for social justice in the broader community. MUM has spurred social change in and about Dane County since 1971. MUM’s mission statement is “standing with the poor and hurting, neighbors working together for social change.” MUM is often a voice for faith communities in society and is a conduit of information from society to faith communities. MUM promotes interfaith cooperation and collaboration, convenes and links people of faith communities to engage in social action, advocates for low income people, and emphasizes change in systems. Current MUM direct service programs include: Mentoring Connections--matching children who have an incarcerated parent with screened and trained adult mentors, Family and Reading Connections, helping maintain the parent-child bond between incarcerated parents and their children, re-entry programming for people returning to the community from prison, including: Circles of Support, The Journey Home, Returning Prisoner Simulation and Just Bakery ( a vocational training program teaching commercial baking skills and assisting with employment search). MUM also serves as the incubator/fiscal agent for Street Pulse Homeless Cooperative, the Allied Drive Neighborhood Association, WI Faith Voices for Justice and Allied Partners. Our Greater Isthmus Group focuses on engaging people of faith in housing issues and our Medical Respite Task force is focused on development of a 24/7 medical respite program for people discharged from the hospitals and in need of recuperative care (tentative start date 12/15).
Basic Needs, Case Management, Employment, Financial Assistance, Info & Referrals
Meriter Unity Point Health
202 South Park Street
The Helping Educate and Link the Homeless (HEALTH) outreach program was established to help overcome the barriers to medical care that homeless patients encounter including limited transportation, lack of insurance and medications, and failure to access primary care.
Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM)
3502 Parmenter Street
Middleton Outreach Ministry is a local, non-profit agency serving low income households in Middleton, Cross Plains and West Madison to addresses north of the beltline and west of Midvale Blvd. They provide food, clothing and limited assistance with rent, utilities, security deposits and auto repairs to qualified households. Prior to receiving services persons must meet with a Case Manager to determine eligibility.
Basic Needs, Case Management, Financial Assistance, Food, Info & Referrals, Transportation