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The state is at a crossroads on the issue of homelessness, as legislators, advocates and service providers wonder whether flashes of bipartisanship and progress can be sustained.
Many feel the harsh realities coming from a low-income housing shortage, low vacancy rates, and state tenant-landlord laws that usurp local control and create barriers for those with spotty credit or rental histories, evictions or convictions.
With prodding from the federal government, Wisconsin's approach to homelessness is getting more focused, coordinated and efficient.
In mid-April this year, there were four people at the site. By mid-May there were 27. And by mid-July about 60. The tent city then spread east and west with about 75 individuals in 90 tents through the early fall.
Efforts to address homelessness continue to evolve. Below is a list of responses in an effort to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurri…
With attention to the problem growing, there are signs of momentum to address the glaring gaps that leave the state's most vulnerable homeless.
Nine months of reporting for this project included conversations with more than 100 service providers, advocates, experts, officials and homel…
Homelessness is a complex problem, with no one-size-fits-all solution. Yet for the vast majority of people who end up on the streets, homeless…
Alicia Turner talks about her son, K’won Watson, and her family's homeless situation.
During Operation Giving Hope, the effort to help the homeless by knocking on doors at a Far East Side motel, 13 women were identified as sex t…
A Wisconsin State Journal special report in 2016 that explored the root causes of homelessness in Madison, obstacles to solutions and its insi…
As Madison looks at potentially big changes to its homeless shelter system, its current hodgepodge of ill-suited, outdated drop-in sites has fallen far behind industry recommendations for shelters that promote dignity and contribute to a person's recovery.
Men's Homeless Shelter director Preston Patterson discusses his experiences working with Madison's homeless community and his hopes for the future.
At Higher Ground in Minneapolis, the architecture and the policies are intended to convey respect and move people toward self-reliance.
Shelter director: "The first 15 minutes will make or break a shift."
Despite immense goodwill and new initiatives, Madison's service network is strained if not overwhelmed, hampered by a lack of leadership, organization and resources.
With no options, Brannon Prisk and Adria Mackesey built an encampment in the woods, enduring frigid and sweltering temperatures.
The Dane County Homeless Services Consortium's new 21-page community plan to prevent and end homelessness sets first-time housing benchmarks.
Some don't access care until illness or dental needs become acute. Mothers with newborns and those recovering from surgery can be discharged to the streets. The terminally ill may have no place to die with dignity.
Roy and Cindy Jacobs have been living in their van after becoming homeless last fall.
Brennan Prisk and Adria Mackesey lived in a tent in the woods in Madison for more than seven months after becoming homeless.
The volunteer Friends of State Street Family has teams of people who do street outreach, make and serve food, collect donations, and do special projects to help those without homes.