Housing Options | Housing Navigation Services

Housing Options

Housing help for homeless and housing insecure in Dane County

Dane County Homeless Services and Homeless Prevention Navigation Map.

I am behind on my rent.
I need financial support so I do not lose my housing in Dane County.
Eviction Prevention Coordinated Entry
Eviction Prevention CE staff will identify what resources you may be eligible for.
Call Tenant Resource Center's
Eviction Prevention CE intake line and leave a message.
I have nowhere to sleep tonight or my family has nowhere to sleep tonight.
I am located in Dane County.
Emergency Shelters
For Adult Men, Women, Adults with Minor Children, Youth ages 12-17, Adults Fleeing Intimate Partner Violence.
Emergency Shelter Resource Sheet
for Dane County.
I have no housing.
I am located in Dane County.
Housing Navigation Services
HNS will provide assistance with housing search and completing housing applications.
Call Housing Navigation
Leave a message at 608-826-8093 or send an email.
I have been sleeping in Emergency Shelter, in a vehicle or outside for the last 7 nights or longer.
I am in Dane County.
Coordinated Entry Homeless Services
CE Homeless Services staff will work with you to complete out community's assessment, the VI-SPDAT.
Complete the VI-SPDAT
Over the phone with CE Homeless Services staff.

Public Housing Sites in Madison

Public Housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Emergency Shelters in Dane County

Porchlight Men's Drop-in Shelter

Former Fleet Services Building

200 N. First St.

Madison, WI


  • Buses will transport guests from The Beacon to shelter and from shelter to The Beacon.
  • Intake Daily from 5PM-8:30PM.
  • Dinner and Breakfast Provided.
  • Call the shelter intake line at (608) 416-1446 for questions.

The Salvation Army Women's Shelter

630 E. Washington Ave.

Madison, WI


  • Shelter opens at 4PM; Intake daily 4:30-5PM.
  • Enter at rear of building through parking lot
  • Dinner and breakfast provided
  • Call (608) 250-2200 during business hours or (608) 513-2392 after 4PM for information about late entry and other questions.

The Salvation Army Family Shelter

630 E. Washington Ave.

Madison, WI


  • Call the Family Intake Line at (608) 250-2298 before noon and leave a message. All calls are returned between 12-1PM.
  • Dinner and breakfast provided.
  • Call (608) 251-1126 for any questions

Briarpatch Youth Shelter

2720 Rimrock Rd.

Madison, WI


DAIS Emergency Shelter

Call the DAIS Help Line at 

(608) 251-4445 or 

(800) 747-4045

  • Shelter often has a waitlist due to limited capacity.
  • Call the DAIS Help LINE for more information.
  • Call (608) 251-1237 for non-emergency questions.

Coordinated Entry Homeless Services - Assessment Locations

Adult Men Staying at Porchlight Men's Drop-in Shelter

  • Complete the assessment with CE staff at shelter.

Adult Women or Adults with Minor Children Staying at The Salvation Army Shelters

  • Complete the assessment with CE staff at shelter.
  • Ask shelter front desk staff to connect with CE staff

Adults Sleeping Outside or in a Vehicle (with or without Minor Children)

  • Call (608) 826-8019 and leave a message for CE staff.
  • Calls will be returned within 24 business hours.
  • CE hours are Monday-
    Friday 8:30 AM-4PM.
  • Assessments will be completed over the phone.

Youth Staying at Briarpatch Youth Shelter

  • Complete the assessment with Briarpatch Outreach Staff

Adults Staying at DAIS Emergency Shelter

  • Complete the assessment with DAIS Shelter Staff