Please Note: Our resources pages are a work-in-progress and are constantly being updated.
** Always call first! Doing so will save you time, money and potential annoyance.
Most agencies require appointments and may not see you the same day. **
Dane County Parent Council, Inc. – Hope House
2096 Red Arrow Trail
(608) 275-6740 or 695-1045
Hope House serves mothers and their children who enrolled in Early Head Start Program. Hope House is able to provide approx. 180 days of temporary housing for up to three families at a time. Individualized case management, education, employment, housing search, budgeting, and parent education services available.
Porchlight’s Drop-In Shelter
116 West Washington Ave.
Websites: http://www.porchlightinc.org/emerg_shelter.html – or – http://graceec.org/outreach.html
Men only. Open seven days a week. Hours: end of March-November from 7:30pm to 8:00am; end of November-March 5:30pm to 8:00am. Drop-In Shelter provides two meals, laundry machines, and shower facilities. Some personal care items are also provided. When the Drop-In Shelter fills up, guests are referred to the Overflow Shelters (322 East Washington Ave. & 203 Wisconsin Ave). There are no program fees and no admittance requirements other than sobriety. The stay limit is 60 days per year.
Port St. Vincent
221 South Baldwin St.
Men only. Open seven days a week. Hours: end of March-November from 7:30pm to 8:00am; end of November-March 5:30pm to 8:00am. Drop-in Shelter provides two meals, laundry machines, and shower facilities. Some personal care items are also provided. When the Drop-in Shelter fills up, guests are referred to the Overflow Shelters (322 East Washington Ave. & 203 Wisconsin Ave.). There are no program fees and no admittance requirements other than sobriety. The stay limit is 60 days per year.
Porchlight’s Safe Haven
1738 Roth St.
24-hour shelter serving men and women, both homeless and those diagnosed with mental illness. Day services – three meals, laundry, hygiene products, and bus tickets provided for men and women from 7:30am to 8:00pm. Bus: Take bus number 2 or 4 from the square to get here.
The Road Home of Dane County
128 E. Olin Ave Suite 202
Shelter for homeless families with children (under the age of 18) The Road Home’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Shelter program provides emergency shelter ‘for 4-5 families with children (14 people) at a time through a network of area churches and synagogues. Volunteers from these congregations provide overnight shelter, three meals per day and evening activities for the families. Daytime shelter and professional services are offered at The Road Home’s office and day center. Transportation between locations is provided by The Road Home. Families staying in the IHN Shelter must work with a case manager to seek housing, employment and other community services. Adults also attend educational workshops. An application process is done by appointment only. The duration of stay is up to 90 days.
The Salvation Army
630 East Washington Ave
The facility at 630 E. Washington operates three types of shelter for the homeless: the Single Women’s Shelter, an Emergency Shelter/Warming House, and the Family Shelter.
24-Hour Shelter for Homeless Families: Families who need a warm, safe place to stay can find sanctuary at The Salvation Army Family Shelter. The program provides 24-hour shelter for families with minor dependents and can house 18 families (approximately 60 people) at a time. In addition to accommodations, residents are offered three meals a day and an evening snack. A lounge and free laundry facilities are also available. Stays are limited to 90 days, during which time families work with Salvation Army case managers to find employment and permanent housing.
Contact: (608) 250-2298
Overflow Shelter: The Salvation Army offers a temporary Overflow Shelter for families with minor children. This overnight shelter, which operates year ’round, can assist as many as 14 people per night. Because of space limitations, these families are offered sleeping space on mattresses in a hallway. They are provided dinner, a snack, and breakfast the next day. In addition, parents are given help with enrolling their school-age children, arranging transportation for them, and locating community meal sites. The Salvation Army also provides case management to assist families in finding employment and permanent housing.
Contact (608) 250-2251
Single Women’s Shelter: The Salvation Army’s Single Women’s Shelter provides overnight housing for homeless single women seeking a warm, safe, substance-free place to stay. The shelter has a capacity of 30 women per night. It accepts all applicants on a first-come/first-served basis, with dinner beginning at 5 pm nightly. The number of nights an individual may stay is limited, but extensions may be granted to women working with their case managers to find permanent jobs and housing. Shelter clients receive dinner, evening snacks, and breakfast the next morning. In addition to sleeping accommodations, the women have access to showers, a small lounge area, and laundry facilities
Contact: (608) 250-2226
Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin – Briarpatch Division
1955 Atwood Ave.
Toll Free: (800) 798-1126; Crisis Line: (608) 251-1126.
One of YSOSW’s core services, the Briarpatch Program helps youth when they need it most. Trained volunteers and staff help youth and their families deal with homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, custody difficulties, education troubles, and other complicated issues of adolescence. Confidential counseling is available 24 hours a day though the agency’s Help-Line (608) 251-6211. Teens and their families can also get drop-in, in-person counseling at the YSOSW office Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm. All services are provided at no cost to clients.
Places To Go During the Day
- Hospitality House
1490 Martin Street, Madison, WI 53713
April-October: the Hospitality House is open from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.
November-March: the Hospitality House is open from 8:30am-4:30pm seven days a week.
- Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703-2108
- Now Faith Community Day Shelter
Now Faith Int’l Ministries
1711 Thierer Rd, Madison, WI 53714
- Off the Square Club
Off the Square Club (OTSC) is a daytime Drop-in Center for people living with mental illness, some of which are homeless.
4 North Hancock Street, Madison, WI 53703
Contact: Alex Kox, Supervisor
- Yahara House
Yahara House offers adults with mental illness a path to recovery through relationships and work.
- Luke House – The Community Meal Program
310 South Ingersoll Street, Madison, WI 53703-3739
Lunch is served Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday, 5:45 until 6:30 p.m.
- Holy Redeemer
404 E. Main Street, Madison, WI 53703
- WI Rescue Mission
Wisconsin Rescue Mission Center in Madison, WI is a private company categorized under Social Service and Welfare Organizations. Our records show it was established in 1977 and incorporated in Wisconsin.
2540 E Mifflin St, Madison, WI