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Saturday, March 02, 2024

Dane County begins process to construct a day shelter

Porchlight, a Madison homeless shelter, has accepted an offer from city and community partners looking to purchase the Hospitality House facility, according to a press release from Casey Becker, executive assistant and communications director for the Office of Dane County.

The county plans to open a day shelter for Dane County individuals in need, according to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

The day shelter, located at 1490 Martin St., will be used to “offer critical assistance to find a job, permanent housing, mental health and substance abuse assistance, and more,” Parisi said in the release.

There has been a tremendous need for showers, laundry and storage facilities to serve homeless individuals and families, according to Steve Schooler, Porchlight’s executive producer. “This much larger, one-stop facility with comprehensive services will help assist homeless persons toward overcoming homelessness,” Schooler said in the release.

The county plans to collaborate with Shine608, a homeless resource provider, to develop a management plan for the day shelter, according to Becker.

Should the Dane County Board and Porchlight’s Executive Board approve the $330,000 offer, construction is expected to begin in August, Becker said.

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