Porchlight A Helping Hand, Not a Handout


Veteran’s Transitional Housing Program
1102 Spring Street, Madison, WI 53715

Established November 1, 2009 as a collaborative endeavor between Porchlight, Inc. and the Veterans Administration Grant and Per Diem Program, what we call ‘Spring St.’ is a 24 bed, single room occupancy, transitional (2 year maximum) housing program for single men who are military veterans with other than dishonorable discharges. Participant’s eligibility is determined by Madison VA and must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless prior to entry. Since its inception, Spring St. has served over 140 Veterans, assisting them in transitioning to permanent, stable housing while addressing other needs.


A case manager, peer support specialist and a Veterans Administration social worker are available to assist with money management, alcohol and drug abuse recovery support, employment assistance, referrals to community services/support systems, legal support, medical care and counseling. The goal is to provide a continuum of care while preparing the Veteran to transition to permanent housing. The expectation is the Veteran, with assistance, can and will make solid enough change to be self-supporting for the long term once they leave Spring St.

Potential residents do not need an income but if one has an income rent is 30% of income with a maximum cap. Three meals a day are provided. Prepared on site in a state certified, commercial grade kitchen, meals are provided with the interests of the Veterans tastes and nutritional needs considered. Residents establish agreed upon goals with staff upon entry into the program and many, if not all are usually met by the time they move on to a permanent housing situation. Many Veterans return to visit, share a meal and indulge in conversation with current residents, creating an active Veteran community. Often the communication provides encouragement and hope to the “new guy” embarking on their journey of change.

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Background photo taken by Dori (dori@merr.info)