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. more

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Chris Collins

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



Sarah Maughan

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



Michael Kienitz

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



David Michael Miller

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



Chris Collins

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



Lauren Justice

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



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

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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



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