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

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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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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.

Employment Transportation Programs via DCDHS

The Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS) offers transportation services to unemployed or low-income individuals seeking employment, or who need transportation to get to and from work. You can find out more here.


Eviction Diversion and Defense Partnership

The Tenant Resource Center has partnered with Community Justice Inc. (CJI), Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW), and the University of Wisconsin Law School to launch the Eviction Diversion and Defense Partnership (EDDP) in the fall of 2021. This program uses funding from Dane County & the City of Madison to work towards the goal of improving tenants' housing stability by increasing access to legal representation, housing support services, and court navigation services.

To get connected with the EDDP program, call (608) 257-0006 or visit the main office in the Social Justice Center (1202 Williamston Street, Madison, WI 53703), open Monday through Thursday for walk-ins between 9AM & 6PM.

If you have an eviction filing, the EDDP program may be able to connect you with rental assistance funds. If you have previously been homeless, have been evicted in the past, are currently living in an accessible unit, and/or you are currently living in subsidized housing, and you are being evicted for nonpayment of rent, call the Tenant Resource Center at (608) 257-0006 x7 to see if you are eligible for financial assistance.

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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.

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.

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.

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