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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. 

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Free Tax Preparation Services for the 2023 Tax Season

January 23rd, 2023 is the beginning of tax season in the United States. The IRS-certified IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA)AARP Foundation Tax-Aide programs can offer free tax preparation services to help people in need of assistance, including:

  • People who generally make $60,000 or less

  • Disabled people

  • People with little or no English language proficiency

  • Persons who are 60 years or older


You can use the IRS's VITA/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program locator tool to find providers near you. View more information on these and other free filing programs on the IRS's website here.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a two-minute video going over free filing options, viewable here. CFPB also has information on filing for the 2023 tax season on their website here, as well as an English flyer and Spanish flyer.

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Housing Resources & Links

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.

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Cold & Extreme Weather Night Exceptions

For information about extreme weather nights, please click here.

Nights with extreme weather or extreme cold (overnight temperatures at or below 20F) are designated as extreme or cold weather nights, meaning that no person may be turned away from emergency shelter due to capacity or shelter night limits. While these nights DO count towards the 90-day shelter stay, anyone who has met the 90-day limit will still be able to access emergency shelter on Extreme & Cold Weather Nights. 

Although many of these nights are designated during the cold parts of the year, South Wisconsin experiences severe weather season with the spring and summer. Extreme weather night exceptions can be issued in the event of extreme heat advisories and/or severe weather. 

For immediate updates on the current day's designation as an Extreme or Cold Weather Night, please call United Way 2-1-1 or search their online database. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, and available any day, any time.

Last updated 01/18/2023

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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)

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