On nights of extreme weather or extreme cold in Dane County, our local
Homeless Services Consortium (HSC)
designates those evenings as "extreme weather nights" or "cold weather nights." This means that no person may be turned away from emergency shelter due to capacity or shelter night limits.
(Extreme Cold: When overnight temperatures are forecast to be 20 degrees or below, including windchill)
Extreme Weather Notification
As of Thursday, April 2, 2020, there are no cold weather nights scheduled for The Salvation Army's family shelter and women's shelter OR for the Porchlight men's drop-in shelter.
If/when any cold weather nights are announced, this page will be promptly updated.
For immediate updates on the current day's designation as an "extreme weather night" or "cold weather night" please call United Way 2-1-1
2-1-1 is free, confidential, and available any day, any time.
On extreme weather nights, all families and single women experiencing homelessness and in need of a safe place to sleep are welcome to use The Salvation Army's (630 East Washington Avenue) emergency family shelter and single women's shelter despite usual capacity and shelter night limits.
On extreme weather nights, all single men experiencing homelessness and in need of a safe place to sleep are welcome to use the Grace Men's Drop In Shelter (116 West Washington Avenue) despite usual capacity and shelter night limits.
Extreme weather nights DO count towards an individual's 90 day shelter stay. However, once an individual meets their 90 day limit, they can continue to access shelter on extreme weather nights.
Please note: Even on extreme weather nights, behavioral issues may result in either being asked to leave shelter for that evening or in a temporary suspension.
In addition, please be aware that outstanding temporary suspensions for violent/threatening behavior remain in effect even on extreme weather nights.