Family Shelter

The YWCA provides emergency shelter for up to 90 days to homeless families with children. One floor of our downtown housing location features private shelter rooms and a shared kitchen. A YWCA social worker supports each family to help them find housing and to prevent future episodes of homelessness.

If you need shelter, please contact the Salvation Army at 608.256.2321. The Salvation Army handles intake for the shelter system throughout Dane County.

Consumer Notice

YWCA shelter policies and procedures


2013 Housing & Shelter Outcomes

1140 people (637 adults and 503 children) were served in YWCA housing programs in 2013.

91% (239 of 264) of households in YWCA housing programs maintained housing for one year or move to other permanent housing during 2013.

89% (117 of 132) of households receiving case management achieved at least one significant  goal in addition to housing.

53% (20 of 38) households who fully utilized YWCA shelter case management services moved into long term housing.

92% (21 of 23) of former YWCA shelter households who secured housing maintained their housing with at least 6 months stability.