Dane County Pandemic Emergency Hotel Shelter Program Extended

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Dane County will expand its Pandemic Emergency Hotel Shelter Program to further assist people who are homeless and at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

County Executive Joe Parisi said the program has already helped hundreds of Dane County residents social distance and connect to different resources. This program is funded by the Dane County Local Assistance Allocation authorized in the 2021 U.S. Bailout.

“This $3.1 million expansion of our hotel emergency shelter program will allow us and our partners to continue to provide the space and services our most vulnerable residents need. to recover and limit the spread of COVID-19, while we also work towards permanent housing solutions,” Parisi said.

The additional funding of $3.1 million is required to provide non-congregate shelter and related post-program supports through September 30, 2022, and isolation and quarantine shelter through February 28, 2023.

In March 2020, Dane County funded non-congregate hotel shelter operations and helped create critical social distancing in the community’s homeless shelter system. Partners have included numerous hotels to provide rooms, the City of Madison, Public Health Madison-Dane County, and frontline agencies.

More than 110 people were served at the same time during the peak of the Omicron variant in autumn/winter 2021/2022. Overall, more than 400 unique households have been served by the two programs since the start of the pandemic.

To date, Dane County has spent $23.1 million on its Covid-19 Emergency Hotel Housing Program.

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Ryan H. Bowman