An article in Isthmus points out the implications for the homeless population of the ongoing restrictions in the State Capitol, and the closure for renovation of the Central Library beginning in November. One person estimated as many as 150 people have sought shelter in one or the other place on winter days.
One option that has been available when the library is closed on Sundays is also slated for elimination. The Salvation Army has offered a community breakfast on Sundays that will end this August. I’m accustomed to encounter as many as twenty shelter guests waiting for a shuttle bus that will take them there when I arrive at the church on Sunday mornings. They lack the funding to continue the program.
On the other hand, it’s estimated that the total number of homeless people in Dane County decreased from 2009 to 2010, according to the most recent summary issued by the City of Madison.