Homeless Unit Programs

Crisis Assistance Programs

This program provides a one-time crisis assistance to households – generally rent or mortgage. The program actually combines a number of different funding sources including CSBG, Emergency Food & Shelter Program, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and United Way. Client applications are reviewed and approved based on a number of criteria;
including funding availability, the ability to positively resolve the crisis and other factors. Emergency Food & Shelter Program still informally referred to as FEMA.

ESFP is a restricted federal grant. Program expenditures are limited to food, meals, shelter (motel/hotel vouchers), rent/mortgage assistance and utility assistance. EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding, and based on the latest census and unemployment figures determines the amount of funding to be given. Local Boards are then convened to determine the highest need and best use of those funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LRO’s) to provide emergency food and shelter services.

Each year, needs are reassessed in an effort to adapt to community needs. We receive EFSP funds in each of the five counties, and are able to say how much we want to put towards rent/mortgage assistance and how much towards motel stays. The criteria we use is that we will provide rental assistance to individuals or families with a five-day eviction notice and verification of employment or motel stays to homeless individuals or families.

United Way/United Fund

We receive funds from United Way of Portage, United Way of Dodge County, Baraboo Area United Fund, Reedsburg United Fund, Wisconsin Dells Area United Fund and United Way of Inner Wisconsin (for Adams County). We have not requested funds from Sauk-Prairie United Way for the last three funding cycles as the demand from that part of Sauk County has not been as great. We use these funds for emergency shelter stays and rent/mortgage assistance for families or individuals. If a motel stay – there must be verification of homelessness; if rent/mortgage assistance – there must be verification of employment.

Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

This grant is provided by HUD through the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Commerce – Bureau of Housing. It is used to support River Haven Homeless Shelter in Portage and to support our Transitional Housing Program. Residents at River Haven can apply for security deposit funds and/or first month’s rent.

Project Chance (PC) Scattered Site Transitional Housing

PC is a Supportive Housing Program for homeless families or individuals funded by a HUD Continuum of Care Grant. The three goals of the program are to

  • help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing;
  • to help participants increase skills and/or income; and
  • to help the participants achieve greater self-determiniation.

Case Managers work with program participants for up to 24 months to help connect them with housing, employment and benefits such as Food Stamps or SSI, W-2, education/job skills training, counseling for mental health or AODA issues, childcare, etc. We contract with individual landlord’s on behalf of the clients and provide contacts and/or opportunities for education (GED, HSED, CNA classes, etc.), employment (work clothing, tools, etc.), children, transportation, medical/dental/physical exams/prescriptions and household goods. The agency must provide cash match, which comes in the form of office space/utilities, Case Manager’s travel, staff wages, etc.


Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System

Consumer Notice

This Agency receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or a federal, state or local public or private entity to provide services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

In order to receive this funding, this agency must participate in the Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is administered by the Institute for Community Alliances. This system collects basic information about clients receiving services from this agency in order to get an accurate count of individuals and families who are homeless, and to identify the need to provide different services.

This agency will collect and share only the information that we consider to be appropriate. The collection and use of all personal information is guided by strict standards of confidentiality. A copy of our Privacy Notice describing our privacy practices is available to all consumers upon request.

Your information will be shared with other area agencies that participate in HMIS, unless you request that your information remain closed (confidential). Keeping your information closed means that your information will only be available to case workers and intake workers within this agency. If you are interested in keeping your records closed, please talk to a case manager or intake worker.

Public Notice (Federal Register/Vol. 69, No. 146)

Effective August 30, 2004