For Adults with Minor Children

The Salvation Army of Dane County
Family Shelter

(608) 250-2298

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

(608) 618-9977

Families in need of shelter should call the family shelter intake line at (608) 250-2298 leaving name, family size, and contact information. Families who call in for shelter using the intake line are contacted by the Diversion Specialist within 24 hours to help families assess alternative options to shelter. If no alternatives are identified, the family is added to the family 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 room becomes available, the family will be notified, and an intake time will be scheduled. Families will be provided with shelter guidelines, supplies and assigned a housing case manager. Family shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no time limit on length of stay.

For more information about The Salvation Army's Family Shelter location click here or visit The Salvation Army of Dane County's website

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.