Homeless Unit Programs

Crisis Assistance Programs

This program provides a one-time crisis assistance to house­ holds – generally rent. This program actually combines different funding sources including Emergency Food & Shelter Program 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

EFSP is a restricted federal grant. Program expenditures are limited to food, meals, shelter  (motel/hotel vouchers), rent 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 two of the five counties (Juneau & Dodge). 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.

PROJECT CHANCE
(PC Scattered Site Rapid Re-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-determination.

Case Managers work with program participants to obtain benefits such as Food Stamps or SSI, W-2, education/job skills training, counseling for mental health or AODA issues, childcare, etc.

Clients are responsible for obtaining affordable housing and signing a lease and paying 30% of their adjusted gross income to landlord for their share of the rent. The program then pays the landlord the balance of rent and security deposit.

The agency must provide cash match, which comes in the form of office space/utilities, Case Manager’s travel, staff wages, etc.

Live United Way  United Way/United Fund

We receive funds from United Way of Dodge County, Baraboo Area United Fund, Wisconsin Dells Area United Fund and United Way of Inner Wisconsin (for Adams County). We use these funds for rent assistance for families or individuals. If rent assistance, there must be  verification of employment and the landlord must agree they will not evict the household for the next 30 days.

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New Beginnings
New Beginnings
Homeless Shelter of Dodge County
For more information and/or intake: 920.885.9559

New Beginnings was organized in l998 by a dedicated group of volunteers with the mission statement “To provide individuals experiencing homelessness with temporary shelter.” This was later expanded into a vision statement which reads “To provide individuals with emergency assistance and the opportunity to make the transition from homelessness to independent living.”
New Beginnings is governed by an 8 member Board of Directors serving staggered three-year terms. The board meets monthly to review budgeted expenses and shelter activities. In October 2007, the Board of Directors of New Beginnings entered into a management arrangement with Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. (hereafter referred to as “CWCAC”) to oversee the day-to-day operations of the shelter, including fiscal management.
Since then, CWCAC’s Unit Supervisor for Homeless Prevention & Intervention and CWCAC’s Homeless Case Manager for Dodge County have served in an advisory capacity on the Board. The shelter is licensed by the City of Beaver Dam for 10 beds. Single women, mothers with children, fathers with children and two-parent families with children may be accepted for residence at the shelter.
In October 2014 a second location was opened to house single men. All families and individuals are eligible to receive every shelter service. Residents are able to stay 30 days, or more with extensions granted on a case-by-case basis. New Beginnings is supported financially by a HUD Emergency Solutions Grant from the state of Wisconsin, Emergency Food & Shelter Program funds, Dodge County United Way funds and donations from individuals and businesses in Dodge County.

New Beginnings
Men’s Shelter of Dodge County

The Men’s Shelter in Beaver Dam which opened in 2014 has 5 bedrooms (one for the house manager) and can house up to 6 single men. Residents are able to stay 30 days, or more with extensions granted on a case-by-case basis. CWCAC’s Homeless Case Manager for Dodge County provides assistance in transi­tioning clients into apartments.

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Central Wisconsin Continuum of Care
AFTER HOURS PLAN

Wisconsin is covered by 211 emergency service. If a person presents as homeless in the night, 211 is an option for them to call for shelter, food, substance abuse and other resources. This number will connect those in need with resources 24/7.

AFTER HOURS – Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Juneau and Sauk Counties Domestic Violence situation.
Both Hope House of South Central Wisconsin and PAVE (People Against a Violent Environment) DV Shelters have a 24/7 Victim Advocate Hot Line. If a person qualifies, they can obtain shelter, if available, at either shelter.

At Hope House, emergency transportation to shelter is available and victims may be picked up at a safe location (hospital, police station, etc.). At PAVE, transportation to shelter is available by taxi service (PAVE provides a voucher for this service) or outside entities like law enforcement.

Both shelters have Case Managers who will administer the VI-SPDAT and enter clients onto the non-WISP list for coordinated entry. Case Managers will also provide communication regarding accessing all available resources in the local coalition.

This plan is shared across the local coalition. The plan is available in hard copy at each of the quarterly Central CoC meetings. The plan is also sent out to all participants in the Point in Time Count, those participating in the actual count and those identifying homeless in the Service Based Post-Count.

After Hours – Adams County:

If presenting homeless in Adams County after hours, the police or sheriff’s department in Adams County are contacted and every attempt will be made to contact the Salvation Army for a Motel Voucher. The Red Cross also has vouchers and will be contacted after Salvation Army.

Every person is instructed to contact Adams County Social Services the next business day, and they will refer them to the proper area shelters (Hope House DV Shelter or overnight), Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Inc. (CWCAC) or Renewal Unlimited, Inc. to be connected with a no wrong door administer of the coordinated entry system.

Connection may be done via phone, through the Social Services office or at the CWCAC office in Adams County. Once the connection is made with the no wrong door provider, communication will begin regarding accessing all available resources in the local coalition.

After Hours – Columbia County:

If presenting homeless in Columbia County after hours, the Portage Police Department or Columbia County Sherriff’s department are contacted depending on location. A Salvation Army voucher is given for a motel if there is one available to take them in. Some motels will not accept the voucher. Should there not be an available motel, people can sleep in the lobby of the Portage Police Department or the lobby of the Sheriff’s Department.

The homeless are given information at these places to contact the next business day, Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc., River Haven Shelter or Hope House DV Shelter, or Renewal Unlimited, Inc. to be connected with a no wrong door administrator of the coordinated entry system.

Connection may be done via phone or at the office of Renewal Unlimited, Inc., CWCAC, or River Haven Homeless Shelter, all located in Portage in Columbia County. Once the connection is made with the no wrong door provider, communication will begin regarding accessing all available resources in the local coalition including, but not limited to: food pantries, Human Services, Portage Area Community Assistance Program, St. Vincent de Paul’s free medical clinic, etc.

After Hours Dodge County:

If presenting homeless in Dodge County after hours, the Beaver Dam Police Department or Dodge County Sherriff’s department are contacted depending on location. A Salvation Army voucher is given for a motel stay.

Information for Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc., New Beginnings Family and Men’s Shelter, PAVE DV Shelter, or Renewal Unlimited, Inc. is given so they can be connected the next business day, with a no wrong door administrator of the coordinated entry system.

Connection may be done via phone or at the CWCAC office in Dodge County. Once the connection is made with the no wrong door provider, communication will begin regarding accessing all available resources in the local coalition including, but not limited to: food pantries, Human Services, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.

After Hours Juneau County:

If presenting homeless in Juneau County after hours, the Juneau County Sherriff’s department are contacted. A Department of Human Services voucher is given for a motel stay.

Information for Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc., Hope House DV Shelter, or Renewal Unlimited, Inc. is given so they can be connected, the following business day, with a no wrong door administrator of the coordinated entry system. Connection may be done via phone, through the Human Services office or at the CWCAC office in Juneau County.

Once the connection is made with the no wrong door provider, communication will begin regarding accessing all available resources in the local coalition including, but not limited to: food pantries, Housing Authority, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.

After Hours Sauk County:

If presenting homeless in Sauk County after hours, the local Police Department or Sauk County Sherriff’s department are contacted depending on location. A Salvation Army voucher is given for a motel stay.

Information for Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc., the warming shelter during winter open season, Hope House DV Shelter, Safe Harbor shelter or Renewal Unlimited, Inc. is given so they can be connected, the next business day, with a no wrong door administrator of the coordinated entry system.

Connection may be done via phone, at one of the shelters who place clients on the non-WISP list, or at the CWCAC office in Sauk County. Once the connection is made with the no wrong door provider, communication will begin regarding accessing all available resources in the local coalition.

Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton:

Each case is handled on an individual basis. They may issue a motel voucher or bus ticket depending on the situation. The Wisconsin Dells Police Department also allows homeless to sleep in their lobby on the bench.

Information is given to connect the person with a no wrong door administrator of the coordinated entry system the next business day. Connection may be done via phone or at the CWCAC office in Wisconsin Dells. Once the connection is made with the no wrong door provider, communication will begin regarding accessing all available resources in the local coalition.

This Coordinated Entry After Hour Plan will be implemented prior to the January 2018 Point in Time Count. The plan will be reviewed at the quarterly Central CoC meeting following the January 2018 Point in Time Count and at a minimum each year thereafter.

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