Second Chance Tenant Education
Recently, the YWCA Madison has been involved in extensive strategic planning and program analysis. We have identified three areas of skill and expertise in which we have the largest positive impact on our community. These are:
During this process, we also examined the programs within each of these areas to assess their financial viability and the clarity of quality of outcomes. As a result, we identified that the Second Chance Workshop, although valuable, does not adequately meet our financial and outcome expectations. We have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to discontinue and focus our financial and other resources in our strongest programs. Over the last several years, as a result of low vacancy rates and a changing rental environment, the program has been less successful in actually securing housing for participants and has also struggled financially. Second Chance Tenant Education evening classes have ended. The morning classes will be offered through March of 2014. We are sorry to inform you that the final Second Chance Tenant Education class is full. We can no longer accept registrations. Our sincere thanks goes out to all the donors, volunteers and partner organizations that have made these programs successful.
Second Chance Workshops
The Second Chance Program provides families that have not rented before or have had difficulty maintaining housing in the past with education and skills to help them successfully navigate the housing process. Some graduates are eligible for case management, financial mentoring, and other follow-up services.
Topics covered in the two, three-hour classes include:
This program is a collaboration among the YWCA Madison, Wisconsin Management Company, Fiduciary Real Estate Development, the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin, the Tenant Resource Center, the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison, Dane County Credit Union, and Summit Credit Union.
Interested in providing housing for program participants? Information for landlords
2012 Housing Program Outcomes
The Children’s Program provided 556 hours of programming for 105 children in 2012.
96% (260) of Second Chance Workshop graduates reported that the program would help them find and maintain an apartment.
90% (108) of S.K.I.L.L.S. students who completed an evaluation said that they felt the workshop will help them get and/or maintain an apartment.
85% (17 of 20) of formerly-homeless Shelter families who moved into long-term housing maintained that housing for at least six months.
See Housing First Outcomes