Economic Assistance & Work Services

Homeless and Housing Resources

Day Resource Center—The Beacon

The Day Resource Center, now known as “The Beacon,” is at 615 East Washington Avenue, formerly the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce building. The Beacon is a partnership between Dane County, the City of Madison, the United Way, and Catholic Charities.

The Beacon is a critical part of a larger, ongoing effort to prevent and end homelessness in Dane County. The Day Resource Center offers resources and basic needs to preserve dignity, and provide a pathway to permanent housing and other supports for those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

To learn more about services offered at The Beacon, how to get involved, and sign up for project updates, visit