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 1.855.510.2323, option 3 in order to get on the waitlist. The Salvation Army handles intake for the shelter system throughout Dane County.

Consumer Notice

YWCA shelter policies and procedures


2014 Housing & Shelter Outcomes


  • 867 people (404 adults and 463 children) were served in YWCA housing programs in 2014.
  • 86% (192 of 224) of households in YWCA housing programs maintained housing for one year or move to other permanent housing during 2014.
  • 94% (116 of 124) of households receiving case management achieved at least one significant goal in addition to housing.
  • 60% (26 of 43) households who fully utilized YWCA shelter case management services moved into long term housing.