Madison rejected two ideas — a zipline and a public restroom — for activating the top of State Street and curbing bad behavior. Read more

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In May, the developer for Madison’s Housing First strategy announced its third apartment project proposal was dead. Now the city plans to go back to drawing board to evaluate what’s gone wrong with the approach. Read more

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James Heimer

Madison is trying to end homelessness with a Housing First strategy. But is the company it selected to oversee its new developments the best fit? Read more

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Beth Skogen

One year after opening, Madison’s homeless day shelter is serving far more people than anticipated — including a surprising number of families. Despite the struggles, The Beacon seems to be hitting its stride. Read more

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Beth Skogen

A grandmother raising a 2-year-old, a disabled veteran who sleeps in his car and a young man with nowhere else to go. Isthmus staff writer Dylan Brogan spends a morning at The Beacon, the new homeless day resource center. Read more

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Chris Collins

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



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. Read more



Sarah Maughan

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

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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. Read more



Michael Kienitz

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



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. Read more



David Michael Miller

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more


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. Read more



Chris Collins

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



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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 Read more