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
At this time, there are no Extreme Weather Nights for the Porchlight Men's Drop-In Shelter and The Salvation Army's Women's Shelter.
(Updated Wednesday, March 17, 2021)
If/when any Extreme Weather Nights are announced, this page will be promptly updated.
Men's Shelter Please Note:
Men's shelter is currently located at 200 N. First Street at the former Fleet Services building.
Intake hours are from 5:00pm to 8:30pm.
All Porchlight Men's Drop-In Shelter guests, including those under suspension, may access the shelter on Extreme Weather Nights.
Women's Shelter Please Note:
Intake hours for Extreme Weather Nights are from 8am to 5pm.
For updated information on accessing The Salvation Army Family Shelter or Sankofa ELU Supporting Healthy Families Emergency Shelter please click here.
Information regarding shelter access during Extreme Weather Nights is also available for download here.
All Shelters Please Note:
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.
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.
Safe Haven during Extreme Weather:
On days designated Extreme Weather days, Safe Haven Drop-In Shelter will temporarily waive guest suspensions, allowing all guests, including those under suspension, to access Safe Haven's day services.
For more information on Safe Haven please call:
(608) 241-9447 ext. 10
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.