(also known as Warming House)

Emergency Family Shelter welcomes homeless families seeking immediate overnight shelter. In addition to shelter, families are offered meals, shower/laundry facilities and case management. Transportation to/from school may be arranged for school-aged children.

To access shelter, families must call the shelter before noon and express need for shelter for that evening. All calls are returned to interested families between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to confirm or deny a space in shelter for the evening. If a family does not have access to a phone, families may add their name in-person at The Salvation Army of Dane County.

Families who are approved for shelter in the evening are invited to share dinner with us at 5:00 pm. New families will meet with shelter staff following dinner to complete intake paperwork. All families must exit shelter by 8:00 am. 

Note: Families sign-in for shelter at 4 pm. While we ask for identification (IDs and Social Security cards) it is not necessary to enter shelter. We do not require proof of parentage for the children.

Click here for the EFS Welcome Packet

Clients: Please click the link for our HMIS Consumer Notice

Clients: Please click here for the Grievance and Appeal Process

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Information

630 East Washington Avenue

Madison, WI 53703



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Family Shelter services have been made possible due, in part, to the Alliant Energy Foundation. We are grateful for their support.