New housing unit aims to reduce young-adult homelessness

Groups, grant funds 10-bedroom home on north side
New housing unit aims to reduce young-adult homelessness
Briarpatch Transitional Housing Unit

Some young adults are getting help in ways they’ve never seen before with new housing that will help them avoid homelessness.

Experts on the issue say young adults often get overlooked or lumped into adult services, which doesn’t always help them.

The Briarpatch Transitional Housing Cooperative, on Madison’s north side, will now be available to help young people get on their feet and get a job.

“It’s just kind of an overwhelming feeling of, ‘I have a place that I might not have had before, and I’m surrounded by people who care about my future and care about my well-being,'” said Tyler Schueffner, who will be staying in the new housing unit.

Several groups are helping make the 10-bedroom home a reality. A grant is helping pay for the home, and Dane County will be leasing the land for $1 a year.