For Adults with Minor Children

The Salvation Army of Dane County
Family Shelter

(608) 250-2298

Families are currently being sheltered in a hotel on the East side of Madison.

To access shelter, families should call 

(608) 250-2298 and leave a message with their name, family size, and contact information. Families will be contacted by The Salvation Army's Diversion Specialist within 24 hours to help families assess safe, alternative options to shelter. If no alternatives are identified, the family will be added to the shelter waitlist.


**Families are asked to call-in once a week to remain active on the waitlist. Families can expect to receive a call back once a week to confirm they are still on the waitlist.

When a shelter option becomes available, families will be notified and a hotel check in and intake time will be scheduled. Families will be provided with general shelter guidelines at intake and be assigned a case manager within 24 hours of move in. Family shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no time limit on length of stay.

For an information sheet about The Salvation Army Family Shelter, please click here.

Sankofa Educational Leadership United (ELU)
Supporting Healthy Families Emergency Shelter

(608) 618-9977

Families are currently being sheltered at locations in Madison, Waunakee and Fort Atkinson.


To access shelter, families can either call 
(608) 618-9977 for an intake or
complete the intake form on Sankofa ELU's website to be added directly to the shelter waitlist. To access the intake form online, please click hereA Sankofa ELU Intake Specialist will respond within 24 hours.

When shelter spaces become available, applicants will be contacted to see if they are still in need of shelter. Families are required to check in by 4 p.m. for initial intake after a room becomes available. A room will be held for 24 hours. If a family has not responded within 24 hours, Sankofa ELU will move forward with sheltering the next eligible family.

Families with children under the age of 2 years old and families that are living in their car or on the street are prioritized for shelter space.

To visit Sankofa ELU's website, please click here.

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