Porchlight’s main goal is to help low-income members of Dane County find safe and affordable housing. There are various supportive services available for people who are either currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, such as the Hospitality House and eviction prevention grants from DIGS.
There is always a high demand for financial assistance, but it is very limited. There is a greater chance that disadvantaged members of the community who are experiencing a housing crisis will be offered supportive services. Hospitality House provides different types of support, like referrals and help with applications for government grants or benefits.
This means that people who are struggling financially often have a series of events that make their financial situation worse, which can eventually lead to them not having a place to live. The resolution to this type of situation may not occur without supportive services from charities in the community.
The Hospitality House has support staff that help individuals in different ways to address this crisis. They provide a wide range of services, from personal hygiene items to information, referrals, advocacy and case management. The Porchlight Hospitality House can help people from Dane County who need ID or applications for benefits.
For clients who are about to become homeless, staff work to find the best resources and action plans, including the possibility of financial aid for a rent or deposit payment. The Porchlight DIGS program provides grants and assistance to help people maintain their homes.
A Program Coordinator can help the tenant by finding grants for their rent or free legal aid. The client will need to agree to a number of development steps and contribute money in order to receive support. This service is provided in collaboration with St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Porchlight will help connect families impacted by AIDs/HIV to the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) organization. HOPWA provides housing assistance and other services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program is a government initiative that helps people with long-term financial assistance for paying rent and other expenses, such as medical bills. The program provides housing assistance to people who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. It is similar to the Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8), but it is specifically for people with HIV/AIDS.
The HOPWA program in Dane County, Wisconsin, helps residents pay for rent and energy bills. Residents can pay up to 30% of their adjusted income, or 10% of their gross income – whichever is higher. The HUD program pays for the rest of the person’s housing payment. The Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program in Madison has a waitlist.
The Porchlight program provides transitional housing and emergency shelter for people in Dane County. There are many agencies that own and operate transitional houses in this region. Many of the accommodations available are for single, homeless mothers.
These individuals will receive emergency shelter while they wait for transitional housing to open up. Residents will have access to laundry facilities, hot meals, and personal items. If you are interested in our program, please call to schedule an intake and assessment session.
If you are a low-income homeowner who meets certain income requirements, Porchlight can help you with a Housing Rehabilitation program that will help pay for much-needed home repairs. The necessary updates will bring the homes or condominiums in Dane County up to code and address various health, safety, cleanliness and handicap accessibility issues in a substandard property.
The living conditions of disadvantaged residents in Madison are greatly improved by this. This service can also improve a home’s energy efficiency by including weatherization measures. This reduces the amount of money you have to spend on heating and cooling your home. Certain restrictions may apply if the home is sold or transferred to a new owner. This home rehabilitation program does not include purely cosmetic repairs.
Porchlight is an organization that helps people who are struggling with housing and also helps resettle refugees who have been documented. It provides a guide for people who need assistance in these areas. Information about low income housing and assistance with moving and acclimating to a new environment will be available in Madison, Wisconsin. Job resources will also be provided to help families find employment. These services provide a way for refugees and immigrants to get their basic needs met, such as food, safety and shelter.
The immigrants and refugees who have arrived in Dane County often come from places where they no longer feel safe. They have lost the support of their government and need somewhere to turn. Porchlight is one of the organizations that provides them with the help they need to get through this difficult time. These individuals are also provided access to various resources to help them become self-reliant, including but not limited to the following. There are a variety of services that may be available to newcomers, including healthcare, English language training, financial assistance, transportation, education, employment and community services. The goal is to help refugees become independent within a few months.
Porchlight partners with the Weatherization Assistance Program to help low income clients reduce their heating bills and improve their home’s energy efficiency. An audit is conducted on each participating home to figure out what energy efficient measures would be the most helpful and effective.
The federal government provides grants to cover the cost of updates, so families don’t have to pay for the work. The goal of the Weatherization Assistance program is to help low income households save energy and stay healthy and safe. The Department of Energy provides funding for this program.
Porchligt is located at 1490 Martin St., Madison, Wisconsin 53713. Housing services can be reached at (608) 252-8522.