Men's Homeless Shelter

Last Updated: 02/04/2021

Feb. 04, 2021 Update:

Men's Homeless Shelter in the News

February 04, 2021 Wisconsin State Journal

Proposed homeless men's shelter near East Towne sparks hope, opposition

January 28, 2021 The Capital Times

Madison identifies new site for men’s homeless shelter


Men's Homeless Shelter

This project is a collaboration between the City and County to provide a purpose-built, permanent, men’s emergency overnight homeless shelter in a former retail space. The existing building is ~32,000 SF on a ~2.75 acre site, hasn’t been occupied for several years and requires extensive renovations and upgrades. The shelter will be sized to provide space for up to 250 guests. The preliminary capital budget for this project is $6M - $3M from Dane County and $3M from the City of Madison. Once completed, a qualified and experienced homeless shelter operator will be selected to run day to day operations.


City User Agency: Community Development Division

Planning and Design: February 2021 through October 2021
A/E Consultant RFP Advertisement: January 29, 2021
A/E Consultant RFP Due Date: February 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
RFP Documents can be found on VendorNet and Demandstar

All Information regarding RFP dates and times are informational and should be verified with official bidding documents

Bidding and Construction: November 2021 through August 2022
Expected Completion: October 2022

Men's Homeless Shelter in the News

February 04, 2021 Wisconsin State Journal

Proposed homeless men's shelter near East Towne sparks hope, opposition

January 29, 2021 Wisconsin State Journal

Madison, Dane County target site near East Towne for permanent men's homeless shelter

January 28, 2021 The Capital Times

Madison identifies new site for men’s homeless shelter

January 28, 2021 WORT-FM

Madison, Dane County announce site of new men’s homeless shelter

January 28, 2021 Channel 3000

City, county leaders announce new location for permanent men’s shelter in Madison 

January 28, 2021 City of Madison Press Release

City and County Announce Site Selected for Permanent Men’s Shelter


Project History

Feb. 02, 2021  File #63920
Authorizing the City’s execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Madison and BIP Enterprises, LLC, or their successors and assigns, for the purchase of the property located at 2002 Zeier Road in the City of Madison for homeless shelter purposes

Nov. 24, 2020  File #62725
SUBSTITUTE - Authorizing the Community Development Division to plan and implement a Homeless Shelter project (authorizing City Engineering to issue an RFP and retain an architectural/engineering firm to begin the design work for a renovation/conversion)