Helping Hand


To support this rapidly escalating need, Dane County Housing Authority has created a page that is devoted to providing you with helpful resources and links to services you may need. 


Head Start & Early Head Start Openings

Head Start & Early Head Start have openings for families with children ages 0-5. They serve families meeting 100% of the federal poverty guidelines, prioritizing homeless and disabled children. Children are accepted based on need.


Head Start's part & extended day programs are free; full day programs require a subsidy. There's also weekly home-based programming for children ages 0-5 & their families, offering comprehensive services for the family & child's development in a home- or community-based setting with monthly group socializations.

Current Openings:

  • Stoughton Extended Day: 3 & 4 y/o, 8:15 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

  • The Playing Field/Early Head Start Partnership: openings for 2 y/o children at this time

  • Marshall: 3 y/o, 8:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Summer Openings:

  • Red Arrow (West Side) Full Day Child Care: 3 & 4 y/os

  • The Playing Field: infants & toddlers

Fall Openings:

  • ALL Programs! There will be many openings as families transition and age out of programs.

Interested parents & community partners can visit for more information.

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Cold & Extreme Weather Night Exceptions

For the Salvation Army & Porchlight emergency shelters:

There are no CWN exceptions this week. As the 21/22 winter season is drawing to a close, there will no longer be weekly updates. Individual days that meet CWN criteria will be posted here.


We are moving into severe weather season and into warmer weather. Check back for future Extreme Weather Night (EWN) exceptions in the event of severe weather and extreme heat advisories.


Last updated 04/06/2022


The Beacon: April Partner Agency Schedule

This schedule includes...​

  • COVID-19 testing is available bi-weekly, from 9A-11A.

  • Vaccine Clinics are Thursdays 9A-11:30A (COVID, influenza, & Hep A).

  • The Housing Navigation Services are scheduled to be at the Beacon from 8:30A-4P Monday thru Thursday.

  • FoodShare is scheduled to be at the Beacon from 9A-11:30A on Mondays and Wednesdays.

...among many other providers and services scheduled to be at the Beacon in April. Agency hours are subject to change; please call 608-826-8040 with any questions or to confirm scheduled times.

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The Beacon: April Partner Agency Schedule

Housing Navigation Services
Housing Navigation Services (HNS) provides culturally conscious, compassionate services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to help create a housing plan to find and stay in affordable, accessible housing.​ 
Contact via email at, and by phone at 608-826-8093.

Movin' Out
Movin' Out partners with disabled people, their families, and their allies, to create & sustain community-integrated, safe, affordable homes. 
Contact via email at, and by phone at 608-251-4446. ​

HSC Vacancy Lists
The Dane County Homeless Services Consortium (HSC) has a resource page with vacancy list for finding affordable & low-income housing updated on a weekly basis.


Local News on Resources & Assistance

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Madison Reading Project has partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide children in Dane County under five one FREE BOOK a month mailed to their home.
Click here to register.

Free School Meals for ALL MMSD Students! 

You will need to know your student's name, ID #, and home school. Each child will get a box of food with five breakfast meals & five lunch meals.

English flyer & Spanish flyer (click to download PDF)