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There, but for the
Grace of God, Go I

We Are Our
Brothers and Sisters

When We Work Together,
All Things Are Possible

Welcome to Housing Initiatives

Since 1994, Housing Initiatives has worked behind the scenes providing permanent housing to 550 mentally ill Madison residents and their families who are homeless because of the illness. These are our most vulnerable neighbors who are living on the streets because they are sick and alone, not because they choose to be.

We’ve developed an innovative, successful model for transitioning mentally ill homeless persons to permanent housing. Housing Initiatives owns and manages 94 apartments in neighborhoods across Madison. Because of Housing Initiatives’ holistic approach to physical and mental healing, over 95% of Housing Initiatives’ clients never return to homelessness. Housing Initiatives partners with fifteen agencies who provide case workers, counseling, and other vital services to assist residents in becoming healthier, safe members of society.

  • Housing Initiatives saves lives. When provided a safe, supportive environment by trained, caring professionals, mental health improves and people re-engage with employment, school, and family.
  • Housing Initiatives saves us money. According to U.S. HUD, it costs tax-payers $40,000 per year to keep a mentally ill person homeless due to emergency visits, jail visits, shelters, etc. The cost for Housing Initiatives to provide permanent housing and counseling to these same people is $10,000 per year.
  • Housing Initiatives enhances our downtown. By getting Madison’s most troubled individuals off the street, Housing Initiatives enhances the experience for those who work, play, and live downtown.
  • Housing Initiatives improves neighborhoods. Many of Housing Initiatives apartments have been foreclosed or devastated properties. Housing Initiatives developments have improved properties and helped spur new development in challenged neighborhoods.

Housing Initiatives, Inc. is a proud member organization of Community Shares of Wisconsin – a network of 64 nonprofit organizations that addresses social, economic, and environmental problems through grassroots activities, advocacy, research, and public education.


Tour the Robert Beilman House

This is a film about the Robert L. Beilman House on Madison’s Northside. Completed in 2005, it houses the offices for Housing Initiatives, Inc. as well as nine apartment units for HII Clients. Since 1993, Housing Initiatives has provided housing for homeless persons with severe mental illnesses.

This film was made as part of the HOME Program 20th Anniversary Conference by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD awarded the Beilman House project one of five “Door Knocker Awards” for “Promoting Long-Term Affordability”.

The Beilman House was developed in part by using HOME Program funds allocated by the City of Madison Community Development Block Grant department.