Resources for the Homeless

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Resources for Individuals Facing Homelessness

Dane County Homeless Resource Guide

Friends of the State Street Family

Shelter Services

  • Single Men (Porchlight): Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Ave. Intake starts at 5:00 PM
  • NOTE: Intake hours vary throughout the year. Please contact 1-855-510-2323 for details.
  • Single Women (Salvation Army): Salvation Army, 630 E. Johnson St. Intake starts at 5:00 PM
  • Family Shelter (Salvation Army): Call before 10:00 AM, 1-855-510-2323

Day Shelter Services

  • The Beacon
    • 615 E Washington Ave, Madison
    • 608-826-8040
    • Open daily 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Housing search help, connection to support services, laundry, showers, some meals, computer access and small family area
  • Bethel Lutheran Support Services
    • 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison
    • 608-257-3577
    • Open Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Madison Central Library
    • Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Fridays from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 201 W Mifflin St, Madison
    • 608-266-6318
    • Closed on Holidays
    • On-site case management available; see library information desk for more information

Free Storage Services

  • St Vincent De Paul
  • Wednesdays from 3 PM - 5 PM and Saturdays from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Referral letter from required to demonstrate case management services

Shower Programs

24 Hour Hotlines

Medical Services

  • Our Lady of Hope Clinic
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
    • Call for hours and availability: 608-819-8544
    • 6425 Odana Road, Suite 3, Madison, WI 53719
    • Free Prescription Medication
  • St Vincent DePaul Pharmacy
    • Homeless only - Monday-Friday afternoons
    • 2033 Fish Hatchery Rd, Basement
    • Some limitations on medications available: 608-442-7200

Low-Income Bus Passes

Passes on sale on a first-come, first-served basis on the 1st and 15th of each month. 31-Day Unlimited Ride passes available for $27.50

To be eligible, you must do one of the following:

  • Self-certify that income is at or below 150% of the national poverty level
  • Show Low Income eligibility card issued by Madison Metro
  • Show QUEST card at time of purchase