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The Road Home Dane County

Every Child Deserves a Home

Madison, WI   |  www.trhome.org

Mission

The Road Home Dane County provides opportunities for homeless children and their families to achieve self-determined goals and affordable, stable housing.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Cindy Browning

Main address

890 W Wingra Dr

Madison, WI 53715 USA

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Formerly known as

Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Madison Area

EIN

31-1618925

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe that every child deserves a home and that affordable housing is the answer to homelessness. The biggest barrier continues to be the lack of affordable housing for the families we serve who make less than 30% of county median income. Children who do not have stable housing suffer in their health and education, and are more likely to drop out of school. Stable housing combined with the availability of case management services are critical to family success and, once secured, can allow families to focus on other issues such as employment, education and health. In the work we do at The Road Home, we see how racism has created and continues to perpetuate deep housing disparities. Sometimes, homelessness is the result of current implicit or explicit bias not to rent to a family because they are black, or not to give a loan to help on the path toward homeownership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing Programs

The Road Home Dane County has 14 housing programs to serve families with children in our community who are experiencing homelessness. We seek long-term solutions to homelessness by helping families find and maintain stable, affordable housing. Not only do we help families locate existing housing in the community, we also partner with others to create new, affordable housing.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Road Home offers supportive case management services in a variety of housing programs. Families meet weekly with their case manager to develop and work toward goals of employment, address budgeting and credit repair issues, and seek additional skills and resources.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stable housing and the availability of case management services are critical to family success and, once secured, can allow families to focus on other issues such as employment and education.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Road Home serves children and their families experiencing homelessness.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The impact of homelessness on children affects them academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Overall Goal: End family homelessness
Annual Goals: 1) Improve systems performance measures by 10% (length of homelessness, exits to and retention of permanent housing, recidivism, increased income) 2) Implement progressive engagement model for assisting everyone entering the homelessness system 3) Provide 10-20 new units of affordable housing for our families each year 4) Strengthen wraparound services for families

1) Systems performance - work with the county's coordinated intake system on improved prioritization of homeless families in need of housing; providing staff training on focused case management; build agency or system capacity for landlord liaison
2) Progressive engagement - provide staff training; convene agency provide strategic planning meetings to coordinate services; create uniform forms and program tools
3) Affordable housing units - identify development and property management partners
4) Wraparound services - staff education specialist will provide early childhood and school age support to improve education outcomes; The Road Home will contract with a local provider to offer in-home counseling services to families in our program without mental health access

The Road Home is the only organization in Dane County that exclusively serves homeless families with children. Founded in 1999, the organization helps families break the cycle of homelessness through emergency shelter, case management services and housing. Our case managers play a pivotal role in helping families seek affordable housing, employment, basic needs, transportation to access education and employment, state benefits and multiple other resources. Our programs work. Each year over 90% of families in our programs remain in housing one year or longer, a major achievement for families who have experienced homelessness. The Road Home is an active participant in the community's efforts to end homelessness. We partner with the city, United Way and other agencies such as the YWCA and The Salvation Army to identify and coordinate services. Our strategic planning includes program, staff and fundraising goals and measures.

The Road Home is actively working with other agencies to improve the process for moving families into housing as quickly as possible. This is an ongoing process. The biggest barriers for homeless families is the lack of affordable housing and racial disparities. We are partnering with local housing authorities to provide support services for families receiving Mainstream Vouchers for affordable housing in the City of Madison and Dane County. We are also partnering on our third project with a local developer, Stone House Development, on 10 units of affordable housing for families who have previously experienced homelessness. Our wraparound education and mental health services have seen positive results.

The Road Home is committed to decreasing racial housing disparities. Some of our ongoing efforts include sharing our statement and call to action on anti-racism with families, donors, volunteers, partners, and others; signing on publicly to larger initiatives against racism such as Wisconsin Public Health Association’s statement that racism is a public health crisis; prioritizing a commitment to equity and reducing disparities via our board, leadership, and organization-wide strategic screening tool for decision-making; and updating volunteer training with information on demographics, disparities, structural racism, cultural responsiveness, and resources for additional learning.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Road Home Dane County

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Tormaschy

Alliant Energy

Term: 2021 - 2022

Jeff Swalve

American Family Insurance

Jesi Wang

MetaStar

Monicka Whitehead

Steve Kelley

RSM US Wealth Management LLC

Joia Wodarczyk

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Gabe Doyle

The Foundation For Black Women’s Wellness

La'Shawn Oliphant

Adam Sweet

Jacobson & Schmitt Advisors

Carole Trone

Jeff Wendorf

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/05/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.