The House-ability program is a collaborative effort among three local organizations: the YWCA Madison, the Salvation Army, and The Road Home. It serves homeless families who have at least one disabled adult in the household. The House-ability Program follows the Housing First model, which has been extremely successful in other communities. Housing First programs incorporate a set of interventions to help families move more rapidly out of the shelter system (or avoid shelter altogether) and maintain permanent housing.

If you want more information or you are a landlord that would like to get involved, please contact the Community Housing Manager at 608-257-1436, option 2.


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Accessing House-Ability

Referrals for this program come directly from Dane County’s Coordinated Entry list. Coordinated Entry is one way that some housing programs enroll individuals and households identified as those in our community with the greatest housing and service needs. This includes individuals and households that have been sleeping in Emergency Shelter, outside, or in a vehicle, and have experienced long-term homelessness. The tool utilized in Dane County to identify and prioritize those individuals and families is called the VI-SPDAT or the Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool. For an overview of the VI-SPDAT, including what it is and who is eligible to complete it, please click HERE.

Families must meet HUD’s definition of “chronic homelessness” (staying in emergency shelter, outside, or in a vehicle). “Chronic” means that families have been experiencing homelessness for 12 consecutive months or 4 or more times in the past 3 years totaling 12 months. Referrals for this program come directly from Dane County’s Coordinated Entry List. To be added to the waitlist, families must complete the VI-SPDAT