City Life

Homelessness: The long road home

Shamiaa Stewart sets example for homeless families

Shamiaa Stewart first experiences homelessness in 2004, when she’s only nineteen. On the outside, she’s a legal adult. On the inside, she’s a child who has never known stability. The oldest of nine children born to drug-addicted parents, Stewart spends her first twelve or thirteen years with her family in a cramped apartment, the power often cut, the refrigerator usually empty. It’s a cold, claustrophobic struggle, until Child Protective Services pulls the kids out of the home. After a couple of placements don’t work out, fifteen-year-old Stewart, who battles severe clinical depression, is sent to live at a residential facility for children with mental health issues. She runs away more than once. She’s looking forward to her eighteenth birthday so she can leave the system and the system ad reunite with her mom, who’s gotten clean and left Stewart’s dad, who hasn’t. But just days after she turns eighteen, her mom dies suddenly of a brain aneurysm. And so Stewart, now finally of legal age but with nothing to her name but a last resort, moves in with her father in 2003. One year later, her dad is evicted.

“So I ended up at the Salvation Army for a little bit. Learned the bus system on my own. A couple other single ladies helped me out, showing me around, the most important places I needed to know. The regular homeless,” she says, her voice rich and low, her tone matter-of-fact, a little resigned. “They were very helpful to me. They were very nice, actually.”

On and off for the next four years, Stewart becomes one of those “regular homeless”—until she finds a way out through a community effort called The Road Home. Until then, she’s in and out of homelessness as a single person, as a partner in a relationship and as a young mother-to-be. Stewart, and so many others like her, are among the homeless population you don’t hear much about, despite their majority: Each year in Dane County, about 3,500 people experience homelessness—nearly half of them children. In its 2014–15 annual tracking, the Madison Metropolitan School District alone identified 1,414 homeless kids in its schools.

“Families make up close to half the homeless population and they’re not visible, except in very rare instances, because they’re still trying to get their kids to school. They’re still trying to work the part-time jobs they have,” says Martha Cranley, director of community impact at United Way of Dane County. “They might be the person serving your coffee at the drive-thru window with a kid in childcare and a kid in your kid’s grade school. Many times they have very little education, certainly no post-secondary degree, not great rental history and many times also themselves the victim of extreme poverty as children. Or trauma, almost always. That’s the homeless population that you don’t see.”

About ten years ago, United Way of Dane County—one of the largest funders of programs for ending homelessness for families, says Cranley—completely overhauled its approach to homelessness. The old model funded emergency shelter and safety net programs for its partners: YWCA Madison, The Road Home, Salvation Army and Porchlight. Today, United Way allocates the same amount—about $2 million a year—to the same partners, but those efforts are now focused on a decades-old concept called Housing First. Its proponents maintain that shelter is a basic human right, and that you shouldn’t have to first solve your problems—sober up, find a job, get a car and stabilize your mental health—before you “earn” the right to housing.

“What we came down to is, if we could get people into housing as quickly as possible, the trajectory of their lives is so much different,” says Cranley. “We’re not solving their poverty yet, but it’s a first step on that road, and it’s certainly a first step to everything that we know about trauma and early childhood development. All of those things are made much worse by being homeless and being in a shelter.”

But a key barrier seems to be the very thing that Madison loves to celebrate about itself: It’s a really great place to live. At least for some people. Luxury and high-end development is historically high, while vacancy rates in recent years are historically low, hovering around two percent. (But it’s risen to 2.94 percent for the first three quarters of 2015, according to the Dane County executive’s office; mayor Paul Soglin says a balanced market would be at five percent.) At $53,933, Dane County’s median household income has not kept up with soaring housing costs—the average Dane County resident spends a staggering fifty-five percent of his or her income on housing. And even when at-risk renters have the money, it’s a landlord’s market. For people of color, this is compounded by the insidious, multigenerational impact of Madison’s gaping racial disparities. Nearly fifty-six percent of Dane County’s African American children are living in poverty. Many still can’t find a home at the end of the sixty- to ninety-day emergency shelter limits, even with the help of programs—and there are dozens of programs.

For their part, the county and city are partnering to create more affordable, supportive housing, most notably sixty units on Rethke Road for chronically homeless men and women and forty-five units on Tree Lane for women and families. With his $2.75 million Affordable Housing Development Fund, Dane County executive Joe Parisi is awarding grants to private-sector and nonprofit developers who are working on this same goal, including Movin’ Out, Inc. for forty-eight units on West Broadway, Gorman & Company for seventy-six units at Union Corners, and Housing Initiatives, Inc., which partners with seventeen agencies to provide services. Housing Initiatives is an innovative twenty-year-old organization that works exclusively with homeless veterans and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, ninety-five percent of whom are still off the streets. (Further, Madison Development Corporation announced plans in December for forty-six units on Mifflin Street. It’s downtown’s first low-cost housing project in ten years—and the nonprofit hopes to sell two other existing properties to Housing Initiatives.) But there’s more to the solution than affordable housing.

“If people weren’t living in poverty, housing would be more affordable,” says Parisi, citing a low minimum wage, ongoing state cuts to public education from kindergarten through college and federal cuts to housing funds. What’s more, “There’s no one picture of homelessness.” Poverty, mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, family violence, people who can’t secure housing after incarceration—these groups may overlap, but all still have very different needs. Those needs also shift. For example, when Stewart first became homeless, she was a single woman; eventually, she became a mom in a family unit.

Based on numbers alone, kids and families are at the center of most homelessness solutions, and United Way’s efforts are critical. It currently serves about a third of Dane County’s 445 homeless families, with an eighty percent success rate in keeping them settled in permanent housing—more than twice as successful as emergency shelter, at only half the cost. Nationally, the average cost per exit to permanent housing was significantly lower for rapid re-housing (about $4,100) than it was for shelter (about $10,000, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness). Since its housing-first paradigm shift in 2006, United Way and its partners have effectively ended homelessness for nine hundred families in Dane County. United Way also partners with MMSD’s Transitional Education Program, or TEP, to identify and serve Madison’s 1,414 homeless kids.

“And countywide, the number is close to two thousand,” says Jani Koester, a TEP resource teacher for twenty-six years. At the biannual Homeless and Education Network meeting between all Dane County school districts and liaisons, says Koester, “Everybody was reporting that their numbers were up this year.”

But solutions, funding and community buy-in are up, too, across the board. Moreover, stakeholders are getting on the same page in unprecedented ways. New this year, the Community Action Coalition began facilitating a coordinated entry system with a public hotline and a single, shared database of the county’s homeless, triaged by a new vulnerability index and accessible by all partner agencies. Plans for a city- and county-funded day resource center are slowly moving forward. The hope is that the center will relieve some of the pressure on downtown public common areas, provide a safe place for outreach between case workers and distrusting, vulnerable homeless and create a one-stop shop for all families who are unsure where to start or go next.

“This past year, we’ve changed the system so much. We’re working together in ways that we never have before,” says Torrie Kopp Mueller, housing director for the YWCA. “And in other communities where they say, ‘we’ve ended homelessness,’ we’re doing the things that they’re doing.”

It’s hard to pinpoint the worst part about experiencing homelessness. Most who end up homeless have already endured a lifetime of traumas, and homelessness in itself is a fresh, ongoing trauma. Forced to leave the night shelter by 8 a.m. and unable to return until 5 p.m., many pack all of their belongings and go off to jobs and school in the morning uncertain where they’ll be sleeping that night. Shelters—of which Madison has at least seven, each designed to serve a specific portion of the homeless population—are always full and they all, by law, have stay limits. Although it’s often a few steps forward and a couple of steps back, ideally shelter stays give homeless individuals and families just enough time to connect with programs and services that will give them a chance to get back on their feet.

Between the ages of nineteen and twenty-three, Stewart struggled to do just that. And remarkably, within a year of her first Salvation Army emergency shelter stint, she earned her CNA license, secured a home health care job through the state, got her first apartment and even fell in love. “And that worked out for a little while, a year or two,” she says, “and then I got injured, and I couldn’t really work anymore, and things started falling apart from there. I started getting behind in my rent.”

And then, at the age of twenty-one, she found out she was pregnant. At seven and a half months along, Stewart landed back at the Salvation Army shelter for single women. Once her daughter Valencia was born, the duo was in and out of the Salvation Army (upstairs in the family shelter and, later, the Warming House), the YWCA’s Third Street program (long-term housing with rent assistance), the living room couches and spare bedrooms of friends and, finally, The Road Home in 2008.

“And that was the last time I was homeless,” says Stewart, her chin lifting. “I haven’t been homeless since.”

The Road Home is the only agency in Dane County that works exclusively with homeless families with children. Its programming includes a day shelter, a night shelter in which more than fifty local faith congregations with 1,800 volunteers take turns housing families, and a handful of supportive housing solutions. One of them is 2014’s House of Hope, thirty units of affordable supportive housing that pairs each family with a master-level social worker in a building purchased and refurbished with a $4.5 million capital campaign; ninety-three percent of these families are maintaining housing for at least one year. Another is House-Ability, launched in 2008, a collaborative effort with the Salvation Army and YWCA to provide permanent rental subsidies and case management services for homeless families who have a parent with a disability. That year, due to her diagnosed mental illness, Stewart and her daughter became House-Ability’s second client.

“That program has been so great to me and my daughter, you don’t even understand,” says Stewart, who credits The Road Home and “the awesome people there” for her success. “Kristin, she was my case worker at the time. She’s the one who really helped me out a lot.”

That’s Kristin Rucinski, who’s been with The Road Home for ten years and now serves as its executive director.

“What I love about The Road Home is I feel we’re a community response to homelessness,” Rucinski says of the agency that started out as an overflow shelter for the Salvation Army in 1999. However, it wasn’t long before the overflow needed an overflow. “All of the family shelters are full 365 days a year, so there’s a waiting list. Every single day of the year, we have to tell families that there’s no space for them. I can’t even describe what that feeling is like.”

About seven years ago, says Rucinski, The Road Home started making a push toward housing—a shift she largely credits United Way with catalyzing. Buying its own apartment building through the Housing and Hope campaign has proved critical in Madison’s notoriously tight housing market. Even more critically, case managers and social workers can go directly to their clients in their homes to provide key services, instead of having to track them down in shelter or temporary housing.

“The average two-bedroom is now almost $1,000, and a lot of our families work entry-level jobs making literally seven or eight or nine dollars an hour. On the high end, they’re bringing in $1,200 to $1,400 a month,” says Rucinski. “And then you have barriers like poor credit, an eviction or two, maybe not a solid housing history because they’ve been bouncing around with family and friends for so long, and it’s just one obstacle after another that families have to overcome, just to get a chance at housing. And then you add on all of the underlying things like racism.”

Homeless service providers have described a rental market that includes racial discrimination, like a landlord asking inappropriate questions if an applicant’s name “sounds Black.” Or when a white case manager will call for an apartment and an eager landlord will schedule a showing, and then she “shows up with a family who’s Black and all of a sudden, that unit’s not available anymore. The YWCA’s Mueller, who, like Rucinski, is white, says “most” of her clients are people of color as well. Close to eighty-five percent of The Road Home’s clients—including Stewart—are people of color.

“I’ll call to inquire about an apartment on behalf of a family and they’ll tell me all about it. And then when my client calls to set up a time to see it, it’s suddenly not available,” says Mueller, adding that that’s not even the worst of it. “I have somebody right now who’s telling me she’d called someone on Craigslist about an apartment and he called her the ‘N’ word. Said, ‘I told you I don’t want your people here.’”

There are plenty of other reasons beyond overt racism to reject the rental applications of people like Stewart, and it’s hard to say which carries the most weight. As an African American woman, she has found that race has definitely played a role for her; she recalls the time an older white gentleman offered a tour of his place to the white candidate whose appointment overlapped with Stewart’s, but not for her. “I could see the shift in his eyes when he saw who was walking through the door because we’d only had email contact,” says Stewart. “I think it all kind of entwines together.” She shrugs. “Homeless, Black, credit isn’t good, Section 8, all of that. I don’t know if people are intentionally trying to be racist, I mean, but it’s there. You feel it. You’ve just got to kind of move on to the next thing.”

Besides, Stewart, like many in her position, has a history that looks bad enough on paper to a potential landlord. She has an eviction nine years ago that’s still ruining her chances, and she has no idea how far into the future her past will reach. There are so many intersecting circumstances and inequalities at play in Dane County.

“Maybe you don’t have as many job opportunities because people are discriminating against you there. Maybe you haven’t had educational opportunities because your parents have been discriminated against,” says Mueller. But, more often than not, rejecting a tenant like Stewart is an all-too-easy business decision. “Landlords have said to me, ‘Torrie, I really like working with your program, but when I have an opening I get maybe seven applications, and there’s usually a standout, someone who has no negative landlord history, no criminal background, has great income. Of course as a business owner that’s who you’re going to go with.’ I don’t fault them for that. But it’s definitely an added challenge right now.”

As of the first of this year, a now thirty-year-old Stewart has voluntarily left The Road Home’s House-Ability program.

“After eight years, something inside me just felt like it was time to release. Give the space to someone else who needs it,” she says. “There’s a lot of families on these waiting lists. I personally know someone on the waiting list for the program that I’m in. And if I have an opportunity to get assistance from another area, then I think I should take it and let someone else have the spot.”

That new assistance is Section 8 housing, which finally came through after years on the wait list; it caps her rent at thirty percent of her income. Finding a new place wasn’t easy: She endured twenty different rejected applications before opting to stick with her current landlord, where she’s moved into a larger unit. This is the most stable Stewart has ever felt. She’s got a good job in retail, where she was just promoted to shift supervisor; most of her coworkers don’t know she was ever homeless, and those who know can’t believe it. Her mental health management is relatively under control; she’s friendly and outgoing, and those days when it’s all so overwhelming she can’t even get out of bed are fewer and farther between. She’s got a vehicle she shares with her daughter’s father (although the windshield wipers don’t work). Most importantly, her daughter Valencia is a shy, sweet, bright and thriving third-grader—with no memory of ever being homeless.

“It scares me a lot—am I going to be able to keep it together? If I start falling behind on my rent, what’s going to happen? That’s one of my biggest fears, becoming homeless again,” says Stewart. “Especially now that my daughter is older, I want her to have a stable living environment, stable housing, where she feels safe in her own home.”

Although Valencia is not considered homeless, nearly two thousand of her classmates in Dane County are. About seventy percent of them are in the Madison school district, where TEP plays an invaluable role identifying, enrolling and educating those kids. TEP was established to carry out the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, a federal law that mandates that kids experiencing homelessness receive the same access to and benefits of a quality public education as their counterparts. But it’s hard to teach algebra and French revolutionary history to kids who might be starving, sleep-deprived, tooth-ached or experiencing a variety of symptoms when basic needs are unmet.

“We have expectations that they participate and attend and they’re doing everything they’re expected to do, but sometimes we have to figure out the best way to support them to make that happen,” says Koester, whose kids may need a bus pass, a coat, basic school supplies or more. “If they’re hungry, we feed them. If they’re tired, we make sure they have a way to be rested.”

All the while, Koester and her colleagues are simultaneously trying to protect the privacy of these kids so they don’t suffer further indignities due to the stigma of poverty and homelessness. And still, despite these unimaginable obstacles to education and extremely high-stress conditions, most kids excel within the program, to little or no fanfare.

“There are so many that fly under the radar. That come to school every day, that are sitting next to the other students listening and paying attention and trying to learn, that know education is important and whose parents really are pushing them to do their best at school,” says Koester. “Most of those kids are just the best learners in the class, that you never knew that this was their story.”

But all of these services essentially add up to a day program, and so many kids endure the stress of not knowing where they’ll be going after school, where they’ll be sleeping that night, how or when they’ll get their homework done, let alone have any kind of social life or participate in expensive extracurricular activities. That’s why that home base—housing first—is so foundational to any kind of permanent solution.

It certainly was for Stewart. The life she has today, the life she’s able to give Valencia, once seemed utterly impossible—and would have been, she says, had she not received a chance for housing first and the critical supportive services The Road Home provided. But she has no desire to rely on programs for the rest of her life. Her goal is to keep building on this foundation, to go back to school to be an ultrasound technician just as soon as she can afford it. For now, work has to come first, just like it does for so many of the homeless she’s met along the way. They’re never far from her mind, those women who helped her in the beginning, and all the families she met in shelter in the years after, many of whom were working while homeless, just like her.

“I’ve run across numerous families who found themselves homeless, not because of drugs and alcohol, but because of life,” she says. “Not everybody has someone that they can turn to. Not everybody has someone that they can go stay with until things get better.”

Stewart gives back to The Road Home by helping set up for its events and speaking at its functions, despite her stage fright. In speaking out publicly about her own struggles, she hopes she can help others.

“There are a lot of reasons why people become homeless. Like me, it was everything. My mental health, the fact that I lost my job, the fact I couldn’t find a place, I got evicted, credit, all of it played a part. And I’ve talked to a lot of families and a lot of them are in the same boat,” says Stewart. “I guess I want to put a name onto the face, because I want people to understand, even the people that are homeless, that it’s okay. Keep your head up. Keep doing what you’re supposed to do.”

 

HOMELESS RESOURCES

Community Shelters for Families

The Salvation Army of Dane County
630 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53703
salvationarmydanecounty.org
(608) 256-0996 TDD
(608) 256-2321 Business Office
(608) 513-2392 After Hours Supervisor On-Duty
(608) 256-0569 FAX
Family Shelter
(608) 250-2201 Family Shelter Resident Message Line
(855) 510-2323 Intake-Housing Crisis Hotline
Family Shelter offers short-term shelter, food, case management services to homeless families and may house 18 families for up to 90 days.
Emergency Family Shelter
(855) 510-2323 Intake-Housing Crisis Hotline
The emergency community shelter for families with children is for one night only so families need to call for intake each day.

The Road Home Dane County
128 E Olin Ave Ste 202 Madison, WI 53713
trhome.org
Family Shelter Network
(855) 510-2323 Intake--Housing Crisis Hotline
Serves homeless families with children for up to 90 days through collaboration with local religious congregations and helps families transition into permanent housing.

YWCA Madison
101 E Mifflin St Ste 100 Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-1436 Business Office
(608) 257-1439 FAX
ywcamadison.org
Homeless Family Shelter
(855) 510-2323 Intake--Housing Crisis Hotline
An emergency shelter for 10 to 12 homeless families each night depending on family size. Families must be referred by The Salvation Army.

Community Shelters for the Mentally Ill

Porchlight
4006 Nakoosa Trail Madison, WI 53714
Safe Haven Shelter
(608) 241-9447 Main
A 24-hour shelter for the mentally ill that provides beds for 14 men and women at a time and offers meals and services to 20 to 25 people on a drop-in basis during the day.

Community Shelters for Single Men

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin Inc.
1717 N Stoughton Rd Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-4730 Business Office
(608) 246-4768 TDD
(608) 246-4760 FAX
cacscw.org
Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline
(855) 510-2323
A toll-free hotline number that provides coordinated intake services to homeless persons and those at risk of becoming homeless.
danecountyhomeless.org

Porchlight
116 W Washington Ave Madison, WI 53703
Grace Men's Drop-In Shelter
(608) 255-2960
Drop-in temporary overnight emergency shelter offering two hot meals (breakfast and dinner) per day, personal grooming supplies, showers, laundry facilities, and outreach services for up to 135 single men.

Community Shelters for Single Women

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin Inc.
1717 N Stoughton Rd Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-4730 Business Office
(608) 246-4768 TDD?
(608) 246-4760 FAX
cacscw.org
Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline
(855) 510-2323
danecountyhomeless.org
This toll-free hotline number provides coordinated intake services to homeless persons and those at risk of becoming homeless.

The Salvation Army of Dane County
630 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53703
(?608) 256-0996 TDD
(608) 256-2321 Business Office
(608) 256-0569 FAX
salvationarmydanecounty.org
Single Women's Shelter (SWS)
(608) 250-2226 Main Number - 6:30pm - 12:00am
(608) 250-2277 Single Women's Shelter Resident Message Line
(608) 513-2392 Alternate Number - After Hours Supervisor On-Duty
Drop-in emergency shelter and supportive services for up to 30 women experiencing homelessness at a time.

Domestic Violence Shelters

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
2102 Fordem Ave Madison, WI 53704
(608) 251-1237 Business Office
(608) 251-4445 Help Line
(800) 747-4045 Toll Free
(608) 284-2134 FAX
abuseintervention.org
DAIS offers temporary, emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Support resources for children and adults include housing advocacy, information and referrals, support groups, and time and space to heal.

Extreme Heat Cooling Center

Dane County Emergency Management
115 W Doty St Rm 2107 Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-4330 Business Office
(608) 267-1597 TTY (608) 266-4500 FAX
countyofdane.com/emergency
Shelter Facilities
The following shelters have been established for those seeking shelter during the bitter temperatures and poor weather conditions: Iglesia Restauración Y Vida  6527 Normandy ln suite 100 Madison, WI 53719

Homeless Drop-in Centers

Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Ave. Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-3577 Business Office
(608) 266-9440 TDD
(608) 257-4044 FAX
bethel-madison.org
(608) 217-6575 Cellular - Skyler Van De Weerd
(608) 421-3127 Cellular Work cell phone - Conner Wild
The day center provides homeless and at-risk individuals with information and referral services, unlimited computer use, a biweekly clothing/hygiene pantry, bathrooms, telephone access, food/beverages, resume advice, employment and housing search assistance, ID card/birth certificate/Social Security card recovery, limited financial assistance, and various other services all in an encouraging social setting.

Porchlight
1490 Martin St Madison, WI 53713
(608) 258-4840 Alternate Donation Center
(608) 258-4848 FAX
Hospitality House
(608) 255-4401 Manager
Hospitality House is a daytime resource center offering services to homeless and low-income men, women and families.

Williams Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
345 W. Washington Ave., 6th Floor, Suite 501 Madison, WI 53703
608) 280-2095 Main Front Desk/Receptionist
Outreach Services for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Runaway/Youth Shelters

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin Inc.
1717 N Stoughton Road Madison, WI 53704
Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline
(855) 510-2323
danecountyhomeless.org
The toll-free hotline number provides coordinated intake services to homeless persons and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Briarpatch Youth Services
2720 Rimrock Rd Madison, WI 53713
(608) 245-2550 Business Office
(608) 245-2551 FAX
briarpatch.org?
Briarpatch Temporary Emergency Shelter
?(608) 251-1126 Main - Jeanne Schneider
youthsos.org
(608) 251-1126 Intake
(801) 798-1126 Alternate
Provides shelter, assessment, counseling, case management, food, clothing as needed, and assistance with finding safe and stable housing for youth in the area. Youth can stay in the shelter 1-28 days depending on the situation.

Briarpatch Youth Services
2720 Rimrock Rd Madison, WI 53713
(608) 251-1126 Emergency 24 Hour Crisis Line
(800) 798-1126 Toll Free
(608) 245-2550 Main
briarpatch.org
Runaway and Homeless Youth Program
Serves runaways, homeless, and throwaway youth and their families, street outreach and youth groups.

Briarpatch Youth Services
2720 Rimrock Rd Madison, WI 53713
(608) 245-2550 Business Office
(608) 245-2551 FAX
briarpatch.org
Briarpatch Temporary Emergency Shelter
(608) 251-1126 Main
Host Home volunteers provide temporary emergency shelter for teens who need relief from their homes, or for runaway or homeless youth who immediately need a place to stay.

Dane County Juvenile Court Program
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Rm 200 Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-4983 Business Office
(608) 267-4160 FAX
countyofdane.com/juvenilecourt
Juvenile Shelter Home
2402 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-3339 - Suzanne Stute stute@countyofdane.com
(608) 246-3889 - Suzanne Stute stute@countyofdane.com
The Shelter Home offers unlocked residential services for juveniles who may need a place to stay awaiting further court action but for whom placement in a secure setting (detention) is not necessary or legal.

Transitional Housing for Youth

Briarpatch Youth Services
2720 Rimrock Rd Madison, WI 53713
(608) 245-2550 Business Office
(608) 245-2551 FAX
briarpatch.org
Transitional Living Program
(608) 245-2550 ext. 1216 Main - Program Coordinator
Provides case management and subsidized housing to formerly homeless or at-risk youth ages 18 to 22 using the cooperative housing model and provides participants with life-skills training, job readiness assistance, and education goal support.

Transitional Housing for Men

Saint Vincent De Paul Society of Madison
221 S Baldwin St Madison, WI 53703
Port St Vincent
(608) 257-2036 Main - Peter Lewandowski
A 35-bed facility for homeless single men on a transitional and long-term basis

Transitional Housing for Sex Trade Workers

ARC Community Services
832 E Johnson St Madison, WI 53713
(608) 283-6434 FAX
arccommserv.com
Project Respect
(608) 283-6435 Program Manager - Jan Miyasaki
Project RESPECT is a women’s center that delivers advocacy, case management, counseling, crisis intervention, transitional housing and peer support group services for women with prostitution histories that have changed or want to change their lives.

Halfway Housing for Women

ARC Community Services
832 E. Johnson St. Madison, WI 53713
(608) 283-6435 Business Office
(608) 283-6434 FAX
arccommserv.com
Ex-Offender Halfway Houses
(608) 283-6430 Program Manager
Provides a safe place for up to 15 women in need of job resources, educational services, residential alcohol and drug treatment, etc. Other location(s) where EX-OFFENDER HALFWAY HOUSES is offered:

  • ARC COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • 2001 W Beltline Hwy Ste 102 Madison, WI 53713
  • ARC COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • 1409 Emil St Ste 200 Madison, WI 53713
  • ARC COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • 2009 E Dayton St Madison, WI 53704
  • ARC COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • 202 N Paterson St Madison, WI 53703
  • ARC COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • 4202 Monona Dr Madison, WI 53716

Women in Transition
2842 Moland St Madison, WI 53704
(608) 244-2046 Business Office
(608) 268-1266 FAX
Halfway House CBRF
(608) 244-2046
The 9-bed, 24-hour staffed community based residential facility (CBRF) or group home for women that is a supportive structured living experience and assists individuals in achieving their greatest capacity for independent living.

Transitional Housing/Shelter for Single Mothers

Dane County Parent Council
2096 Red Arrow Trail Madison, WI 53711
(608) 275-6756 FAX
dcpcinc.org
Hope House
(608) 275-6740 Front Desk
Hope House offers families with case management support, including assistance with employment, education, parenting skills and child care as needed.

Transitional Housing/Shelter for Veterans

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
201 West Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53707
(608) 266-1311 Main
wisvets.com
Veterans Assistance Program
(800) 947-8387 Toll Free
The Veterans Assistance Program helps homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless receive the job training, education, counseling and rehabilitative services (alcohol and drug abuse treatment) needed to obtain steady employment, affordable housing and the skills to sustain a productive lifestyle.?
Veterans Assistance Program
(608) 266-1311 Main
Provides transitional housing, job training, counseling, health care, legal assistance, benefits and entitlements information, treatment for alcohol or drug abuse problems, and education for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Williams Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
345 West Washington Avenue 6th Floor, Suite 501 Madison, WI 53703
(608) 280-2095 Main Front Desk/Receptionist
Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs Transitional Housing
(608) 257-2534 Main - Front Desk/Receptionist
(608) 372-1280 Main - Front Desk/Receptionist
(715) 256-1118 Main - Ask for King OPD housing Application
Transitional housing for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Transitional Housing/Shelter for Women

Women in Transition
2842 Moland St Madison, WI 53704
(608) 244-2046 Business Office
(608) 268-1266 FAX
Corner House Supported Apartments
(608) 244-6468 Main
Provides a sheltered apartment living experience to help individuals in re-entering independent community living.

Supportive Housing for Individuals and Families in Transition

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin Inc.
1717 N Stoughton Rd Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-4730 Business Office
(608) 246-4768 TDD
(608) 246-4760 FAX
www.cacscw.org
(608) 246-4730 ext. 204 Office – Caseworker
Permanent supportive housing is for individuals and families that are literally homeless (HUD's definition of living on the street or in shelter or fleeing domestic violence) with a documented disability.

Home For Good Supportive Housing Program
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin Inc.
N Stoughton Road, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-4730 Business Office
(608) 246-4768 TDD
?(608) 246-4760 FAX
www.cacscw.org?
(608) 246-4730 ext. 203 Intake
(608) 246-4730 ext. 204 Office – Caseworker
Permanent supportive housing is for individuals and families that are literally homeless (HUD's definition of living on the street, in shelter, or fleeing domestic violence) with a documented disability. Housing is provided in scattered-site apartments in Dane County that are leased by CAC.

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