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. 


The Madison Forward Fund, a guaranteed income research program, is open for applications as of 06/21/2022!

The Madison Forward Fund is a year-long guaranteed income experimental program for low-income Madison residents. The guaranteed income is a monthly cash payment of $500, which will be given directly to 155 households for 12 months. It is unconditional; there are no strings attached, no work requirements, and no restrictions on how the money can be spent. A further 200 families from the applicant pool will have the opportunity to participate in surveys, and be compensated for their time. This program is founded upon the belief that the people in poverty are best positioned to make informed financial decisions that efficiently address their household's needs.

The application period opens 06/21/2022 and ends 07/03/2022. If you need help to apply, please contact Blake Roberts Crall at 608-515-8047 or You are eligible if you live in the City of Madison; are 18 years or older; have at least one child 17 or younger that lives with you; and your household income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Line. You can apply online (desktop or mobile) here or by clicking the button below.

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HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education Classes

Home Buyers Round Table is hosting a free homebuyer education class on 06/25/2022 from 8AM - 3PM in the Atrium of the Villager Mall (2300 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53713).

In collaboration with Consumer Credit Counseling Service, the Home Buyers Round Table will be hosting a free HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education Class on Saturday, June 25th  (8 A.M. - 3 P.M.). Registration is required by June 23rd - register by clicking here or going to You must be a Dane County resident to participate. 

The workshop will go over questions about how much house you can afford, credit improvement, applying for a mortgage, what grant assistance may be available to you, and barriers that might prevent you from qualifying for a mortgage. A certificate of completion is issued upon completion of the class and a counseling session with a HUD Approved Counselor from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.


For questions, please contact CCCS at 800-350-2227 and tell them you've signed up for the Dane County Home Buyer Education Class. 

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:

As of 06/22/2022, there are no current Extreme Weather Night exceptions. The last EWN exception dates were 06/20/2022 and 06/21/2022, associated with the advisories issues on those dates for high heat and humidity levels.

With spring and summer, South Wisconsin is in the severe weather season and is experiencing warmer weather. Check back for future Extreme Weather Night (EWN) exceptions in the event of severe weather and extreme heat advisories.

Last updated 06/22/2022


The Beacon: June Partner Agency Schedule

Please note that the Beacon will be closed Tuesday 06/21/2022, and will resume regular hours on Wednesday 06/22/2022. Alternative locations for that Tuesday include Bethel Lutheran Church & Safe Haven (requires a mental health diagnosis).


This schedule includes...​

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

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

  • BadgerCare are scheduled to be at the Beacon from 1:00P-4P on Thursdays (6/2, 6/16, 6/23 & 6/30).

  • 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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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.


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)