Economic Assistance & Work Services

Homeless and Housing Resources

Day Resource Center

The Day Resource Center, proposed to be located at 615 East Washington Avenue in the former Chamber of Commerce Building, is part of a larger, ongoing, and multi-faceted effort to prevent and end homelessness in Dane County. The project is a partnership between Dane County, the City of Madison, the United Way, and Catholic Charities. Once open, the Day Resource Center will offer resources and basic needs to provide a pathway to permanent housing and other supports for those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

The following types of basic needs will be made available by the center operator: computer lab; day room(s); kitchenette; laundry; mail/message center; outdoor space; day storage (gym lockers); showers; and telephone access. The center operator will work with Dane County, the city of Madison, United Way, and various other service agencies to provide on-site case management, coordinated entry, and housing navigation assistance. Additional supplemental services may be phased in over time and could include the following: alcohol and other drug addiction (AODA) services; employment and training; medical services; mental health assessments; legal services; and long-term storage. The center is planned to be open seven days a week, year-round (including holidays), between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The current building will remain intact, but there will be a comprehensive renovation of its interior.

The City of Madison’s Plan Commission also unanimously approved the county’s application for a conditional use permit for the proposed Day Resource Center site at 615 E. Washington Ave. at its meeting. This critical approval will allow the county to move forward with renovations to the site, with an anticipated opening in the fall of this year. Please follow the links to the right under “General Information” for more details on this project.