Chris Collins

The death of Charles Maverick Masini has underscored the need for more flexible services for the homeless. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM News


Michael Kienitz

Announced Monday, the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes include Matthew Desmond, who wrote a gripping exposé about mass evictions and the struggle to find affordable housing in Milwaukee. Read our June 2016 interview with the author. more

Apr 10, 2017 3:00 PM News


Sarah Maughan

Once homeless, Madison residents find security, dignity and community at Rethke Terrace. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Up until the bitter cold struck, people were sleeping outside the Veterans Museum. The city of Madison has made some progress addressing homelessness, but the awful reality is present every day. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


Michael Kienitz

Matthew Desmond, author of the year’s Go Big Read book “Evicted,” wants everyone to face poverty — and to hate it. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:46 PM Books


Cameron Bren

Every summer, a few self-proclaimed “dirty kids” show up in Madison to enjoy the city’s tolerant, laid-back atmosphere. Just who are these people, and what are they up to? Cameron Bren investigates. more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin says the homeless tidying up their belongings on State Street will help curb more serious issues. more

Sep 23, 2016 4:42 PM News 2 Comments

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Elisa Wiseman

An east-side neighborhood meeting called to discuss issues of poverty and crime brought up much more commonplace matters like littering, panhandling and speeding. The divide underscored a difference in perception about the issues facing Madison. more

Sep 23, 2016 12:21 PM News 1 Comments

A police brainstorming list for how to deal with problems at the top of State Street became “a poor attempt at a joke.” Chief Mike Koval and Mayor Paul Soglin refuse to comment on the incident. more

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM News

Earlier this week, a fire damaged a supportive housing complex owned by Catalyst Project, a new nonprofit that helps single mothers and children. The blaze has temporarily displaced a mom and her five children. more

Aug 26, 2016 2:53 PM News


Chris Collins

The co-founders of the Catalyst Project, a new supportive permanent housing nonprofit, wanted to help single mothers and their children. more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM News


Dylan Brogan

The top of State Street is common hangout for the homeless with nowhere else to go. Mayor Paul Soglin says it’s also rife with drugs, crime and unacceptable behavior. So the city is stepping up enforcement of minor crimes at the top of State Street. more

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM News 7 Comments


David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin is proposing an ordinance to keep people from sleeping downtown on public sidewalks. Ultimately it is about segregation — keeping the homeless and the home-secure from coming into contact with each other. more

Jul 8, 2016 11:30 AM Madland 7 Comments


Michael Kienitz

Isthmus talks to superstar author and UW alum Matthew Desmond, whose groundbreaking research on poverty is the basis for his new book “Evicted.” Now the book is showing up on bestseller lists and has been chosen as the 2016-17 Go Big Read. more

Jun 23, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Steven Potter

A group of volunteer doctors, nurses and others has started offering free foot care for the county’s most transient population — the homeless more

Apr 28, 2016 5:00 AM News


Lauren Justice

In this week’s Isthmus on WORT, Jenny Peek talks about local efforts to help homeless teens. more

Mar 15, 2016 4:07 PM News


James Heimer

Homelessness is on the rise, both in Dane County and around the country. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth are especially vulnerable. But a new shelter run by Briarpatch now gives them a place to turn. more

Mar 10, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Joe Tarr

Porchlight Products will expand into a new, larger kitchen near East Towne Mall. The $4 million project also includes 28 new housing units. more

Feb 24, 2016 11:52 AM News


Amanda White

Small scale but effective, Housing Initiatives offers permanent housing for mentally ill people who are homeless. In 2016, it’s looking to add more housing with a $2 million fundraising campaign. more

Dec 23, 2015 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

It’s a good thing the longtime slumlord is getting out of the business. But he did provide housing to some who would otherwise be homeless. more

Dec 17, 2015 1:24 PM Madland